Lee Daniels Eyes Sammy Davis Jr. Movie At HBO

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 19, 2013 5:47 PM
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"I’m not going to be labeled a black filmmaker. I am not here to just tell black stories," Lee Daniels recently told The New York Times. "I’m here to tell all kinds of stories, musicals and dramas. Could I do a spaceship movie or black people on Mars or whatever? Sure. A comedy? Yes." But it would appear another piece of iconic black history is crossing Daniels' path, and he's taking an interest.

According to Showbiz 411, Daniels is circling a Sammy Davis Jr. movie that's being developed over at HBO. And that's about it. There are no other details provided in terms of what material it might be based off, screenwriters involved or anything like that that, but the site does note that rights could be an issue. Certainly, Hollywood has been trying to bring the colorful life of the Rat Pack multi-threat talent — he conquered music, movies, television and the stage handily — for years now. As far back as 2007, we noted that no less than four different Sammy Davis Jr. projects were in the works (including one with Andre 3000, who wound up playing Jimi Hendrix instead in the upcoming "All Is By My Side") but none have come to fruition. So in short, we'll see if anything shakes out of this Daniels/Davis Jr. news.

The director already has a number of other projects on his plate, including a Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams attached to star. That seems to be likely the next gig for Daniels but it's not quite 100% just yet. Until we find out just add this to stack of brewing projects he has, some of which he recently discussed with us right here. And for your Sammy Davis Jr. needs, here's Don Cheadle taking on the role in HBO's 1998 movie "The Rat Pack." 

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5 Comments

  • Faith Zamek | February 26, 2014 10:18 PMReply

    A movie about Sammy Davis Jr's life needs to be made.Such a fabulous talent as he,needs to be remembered for how truly great he was.Noone else like him.He earned it,give him his due.If you read his auto biography his life including his childhood would make a great story.He had a very tough life,and still succeeded.

  • Hispter | August 19, 2013 6:59 PMReply

    Who's peen is he sucking that he continually finds sponsors, while Shane Carruth
    can barely raise enough to make one film in nine years.

  • bd | August 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    Is that a serious question? Have you ever met Carruth? Very few people on Earth would give him money to burn. Daniels on the other hand, has a very firm grip on a very specific market, which means money money money.

  • alan | August 19, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    "lee daniels continues to be a boring fucking filmmaker."

  • Angela | August 19, 2013 6:27 PM

    The truth is spoken.

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