[FILM] Spike Lee Directing James Brown Biopic
- Spike Lee to Direct James Brown Biopic
By Associated Press
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.