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[FILM] Spike Lee Directing James Brown Biopic

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  • madchinaman
    Spike Lee to Direct James Brown Biopic By Associated Press http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/sns-ap-james-brown-
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 27, 2006
      Spike Lee to Direct James Brown Biopic
      By Associated Press
      http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/sns-ap-james-brown-
      movie,0,1398640.story?coll=la-home-entertainment


      LOS ANGELES -- The late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown will rise
      again, on screen. Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature film
      about the singer produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment,
      Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday.

      "It's an authorized biography done with the cooperation of Mr. Brown
      before his passing," Paramount spokeswoman Nancy Kirkpatrick said
      without further comment.

      Lee will rewrite a draft by Jezz and John Henry Butterworth, the
      trade paper Daily Variety reported Wednesday. The script has been
      through several drafts since Steve Baigelman wrote the original. The
      movie could be in production by late 2007, Variety said.

      "Having known him well, and after spending lots of time with him and
      researching his life, it's somehow not surprising that he died on
      Christmas Day. He was the ultimate showman, all the way to the end,"
      Grazer told Variety on Tuesday.

      Grazer did not immediately return messages left by The Associated
      Press at his Los Angeles office.

      Brown, whose legendary brand of soul and funk influenced hip-hop,
      disco and rap, died of congestive heart failure on Christmas morning
      in Atlanta at age 73.
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