October 23, 2012


Mick Jagger to Produce James Brown Biopic

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Hollywood loves biopics about beloved musicians (ka-ching), but rarely does one of them get made by someone just as famous and artistically significant as the subject themselves.

That's why the revelation that Mick Jagger is producing a movie about James Brown's journey from childhood poverty to funk pioneer and R&B icon is especially thrilling. Not only does Jagger have a long-running respect for Brown—whose music was a big influence on the early Stones—but Mick is probably the closest a rock singer will ever come to having dance moves like the undisputed Godfather of Soul (sorry Meat Loaf, you just aren't there yet). So you know he'll do his damndest to find an actor who can do justice to the jaw-dropping moves of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

“It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown," Jagger said, presumably while absent-mindedly doing the funky chicken. "He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life."

Set to be directed by Tate Taylor (the man behind The Help), the project is co-produced by Ron Howard's business partner Brian Grazer, who was actually crafting this film with Brown himself before the icon's death in 2006.

So for those of you who worry a movie about a musical legend is just a cheap cash-in, rest assured: Even if that's the case, the Godfather of Soul was 100% for it.