Spike Lee to Direct James Brown Biopic

by | December 27, 2006 | Comments

Not two days after the death of legendary R&B singer James Brown comes the news that producer Brian Grazer and director Spike Lee plan to direct a movie version of the singer’s life. Well that was fast!

From Variety: "Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature on the life of James Brown for Paramount and Imagine Entertainment … Lee will rewrite a draft recently turned in by Jezz and John Henry Butterworth. Script has been through several drafts since Steve Baigelman wrote the original."

How did the project get kick-started so fast? Well, actually…

"Brown was an active part of the development of the biopic project. The singer met with Baigelman, and gave the Butterworth brothers access to his camp."

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