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What's Going On: Lenny Kravitz To Play Marvin Gaye In Julien Temple's 'Sexual Healing'; Michael Hutchence Biopics In The Works

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 26, 2012 at 10:05PM

It certainly hasn't been for lack of trying that we haven't had a Marvin Gaye biopic. Cameron Crowe has been trying for years to get one made, while F. Gary Gray was also attached to helm a project titled simply "Marvin." But now it looks like Julien Temple is getting ahead of the pack with a leading man who has acting and musical chops.
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Marvin Gaye Lenny Kravtiz

It certainly hasn't been for lack of trying that we haven't had a Marvin Gaye biopic. Cameron Crowe has been trying for years to get one made, while F. Gary Gray was also attached to helm a project titled simply "Marvin." But now it looks like Julien Temple is getting ahead of the pack with a leading man who has acting and musical chops.

Lenny Kravitz will take the lead in the movie that has been brewing for a while now. Titled "Sexual Healing," at one time it was being shepherded by James Gandolfini with Jesse L. Martin in the lead, but they have both since moved on. Originally loosely based on the book "Trouble Man" (it's not clear who has drafted the latest script), the film will catch up with a drug-addicted Gaye, who had by the early '80s, had fallen out of favor with the music industry and its labels, and took refuge in the small, tranquil town of Ostend, Belgium. There he met promoter Freddy Cousaert who guided the singer through the recording of his biggest-selling album, Midnight Love, which launched his late career Top 40 comeback. 

The music rights are apparently all cleared up, which should make this theoretically an easy breeze, but the F. Gary Gray flick also had rights cleared at the time of its trade report, but then never moved forward. A start is being eyed for next year, but music biopics -- particularly those with Gaye -- don't have a great track record of being made, so we'll see. But good luck to them becaues Gaye rules and it's a great story.

Also trying to get produced? Duelling biopics of late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. So what are they? First is "Two Worlds Colliding," which is based on the book "Just A Man – The Real Michael Hutchence" written by the singer's sister and it purports to be not a "tell-all," and the kind of rosy glow movie that should get the approval of the family and band. And then there's "Michael," from the producers behind the 1986 movie "Dogs In Space" which starred Hutchence, and they say they are further along in development than their rivals. We'll see which one wins. [Deadline]

This article is related to: Lenny Kravitz, Sexual Healing, Julien Temple, Two Worlds Colliding, Michael


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