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Sammy Davis Jr. Life Rights Purchased For Planned Biopic & Stage Production

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 8, 2011 6:00 PM
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Sammy Davis

I just rewatched Anna Lucasta the other night...

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios (I didn't know Byron Allen had it like that) has reportedly acquired rights to Sammy Davis Jr's life story from his daughter Tracey Davis, with plans to develop both a feature film AND a stage production.

On his deathbed, one of the last things my father told me as he put my face in his hands was: ‘Tracy, tell my story. Warts and all’,” said Tracey Davis, and, apparently, Byron Allen is the man for the job.

And, as a star of stage and screen (big and small), singer, dancer, husband (thrice), children, near-fatal accident, conversion to Judaism, hanging out in the White House with presidents, and much more... what a full, stirring life Sammy David Jr led, which could translate into one heck of a film... depending on who else is involved in putting it all together.

Sammy Davis, Jr. was a phenomenal entertainer, icon, and American treasure whose inspirational story has to be told,” said Byron Allen.

This won't be the first time he's be *represented* on screen; You may recall that Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his performance as Davis in the 1998 HBO film The Rat Pack; also worth notind is that several comedians/actors have impersonated Davis during their careers, like Eddie GriffinGarrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Tim Meadows, Tommy Davidson and even Billy Crystal and others.

Maybe one of them will be hired to play him in the film... but likely not.

A lot still has to happen before this is realized, so I won't get too excited just yet. There are a number of other biopics on the lives of black entertainers that have long been in development, and are still in limbo; Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis and Bob Marley most notably. 

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4 Comments

  • Yolanda | December 12, 2011 4:21 PMReply

    This is long overdue ! Sammy was something else and a movie about his life would be great to watch.

  • Brenda | December 9, 2011 11:00 AMReply

    The man to play Sammy D should be Elijah Kelly (Seaweed in the film version of Hairspray). A triple threat! Extraordinary talent, not just an impersonator is needed for that role.

  • Yes! | December 8, 2011 10:15 PMReply

    Two words DANIEL BREAKER

  • Jason Gilmore | December 8, 2011 6:35 PMReply

    People been sleepin but Byron Allen's been making bank for years. This guy's been syndicating shows since, what, the early 90s? I'm surprised he's just now making a move like this, good for him.

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