Earlier this week, it was announced that Dr. Dre is in the early stages of developing and producing a Marvin Gaye biopic. But he may not have the green light he hoped for.
The Hip-Hop OG wants to bring Marvin Gaye’s story to life on the big screen, but the late music icon’s family want Dre to pump the breaks on any discussion about the project until the ink is dry and deal is complete.
According to The Blast, Marvin Gaye III addressed his father’s potential biopic, saying, “In regards to the announcement that was made in the media on June 18 as it pertains to a biopic about my father, the legendary iconic singer Marvin Gaye, that is being produced by Dr. Dre, I want to say that it was prematurely announced, therefore I denounce these statements.”
The late singer’s son went to say, “I love and highly respect Dr. Dre, and we are currently in talks about his participation in the film. However, the movie rights have not been granted nor secured at this time from me as an heir. My hope is to have a group of capable and experienced film producers to be involved with the making of a wonderful masterpiece of my dad’s life.”
The son of the late Motown musician admires Dre, and respects his work, but he’s making it clear that the Beats mogul is not cleared to move forward with this project until he and the Gaye family can come to a proper agreement.
At the end of the day, Marvin Gaye III wants to ensure anything involving his father is “nothing less than excellence.”
“I’m looking for nothing less than excellence in creating a compelling story of Marvin Gaye’s multi-faceted life.”
He continued, “We are progressing steadily toward this very goal, and therefore don’t want any premature or false information out there.”