What exactly was Marvin Gaye III's issue here? Same as many of the others. Here's what he told TMZ:
"The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful ... [They're] trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story."
Recall my post on vices versus virtues in biopics about black public figures...
Further, while he and Lenny are still very much pals today, Marvin III was hoping that he could talk to Lenny openly about the project. He also said that he and other Gaye family members were going to meet with lawyers to figure out how they could stop the film from moving forward.
I don't believe Kravitz ever responded publicly to any of this.
It was about 2 weeks prior (in mid-November) that we first reported that Kravitz had been tapped to play Marvin Gaye in British filmmaker Julien Temple's previously titled Midnight Love project.
However, revealed this afternoon, Jesse L. Martin, who himself was attached to a different Marvin Gaye biopic, has now replaced Kravitz in Temple's film. No public statement on why this replacement happened.
Martin had long been attached to star in another Marvin Gaye biopic that was to be directed by newcomer, Lauren Goodman, and produced by James Gandolfini. Last we reported on that project was at least a year ago, when Martin, seemingly dejected at challenges he was facing in getting his project off the ground, said, in an interview, that he didn't think it would happen, adding that we might actually see it on the stage first before it becomes a film.
An earlier report on this said that EMI, which holds the rights to Gaye’s music, on behalf of his children, Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye III, and Frankie Gaye, was understood to be ready to give the greenlight to Julien Temple's $8 million film. So it could be that Temple doesn't need the explicit script approval from Gaye's family, nor Berry Gordy (who also opposed the project) to move forward with it, and it was strictly a music rights hold-up, which has now been resolved.Shooting is now set to begin later this month in Europe, with Brendan Gleason co-starring alongside Jesse L. Martin as Gaye.