Reinaldo Marcus Green to direct Bob Marley biopic for Paramount Pictures
The biopic will be produced by Bob Marley's wife, singer Rita Marley, and two of their children, musicians Ziggy and Cedella
Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of King Richard, has been roped in by Paramount Pictures to direct a biopic on reggae music legend Bob Marley.
The feature film will focus on the life and career of the famous Jamaican singer-songwriter, whose discography includes hit tracks One Love/People Get Ready, High Tide or Low Tide, and No Woman No Cry.
The biopic will be produced by Bob Marley's wife, singer Rita Marley, two of their children, musicians Ziggy and Cedella, on behalf of Tuff Gong, and Robert Teitel.
Over the course of his inspiring career, Bob Marley came to be known as the Rastafari icon who he infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, who also advocated for Pan-Africanism. Marley is also known for his controversial, outspoken support for the legalisation of marijuana.
In 1977, the singer was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma, and died as a result of the illness at the age of 36 in 1981.
Director Green, while speaking about the film, said that the audiences want to know the real Bob Marley, the man as well as the legend. "I trust this film will bring us closer to understanding his journey, his music, and continue to carry the torch of his legacy with humility and grace, and most of all, love," the filmmaker said.
Ziggy Marley said the film will be like "opening a window" that has never been open before.
"It's an incredible responsibility that we take on with Reinaldo and the team at Paramount to tell the story of our father in a way that truly honors him and will also entertain, enlighten, uplift and inspire his fans and audiences around the world," he added.
Green made his feature debut with the 2018 Sundance favourite Monster and Men, starring John David Washington. He is currently helming the American biographical drama film, King Richard, starring Will Smith.