The movie, which delves into Marley family archives, was a long time coming. Martin Scorsese was attached at one time, and Jonathan Demme labored on it for several years-- until producer Steve Bing turned to Macdonald, who did not use any previous interview material. Even if you're well-versed on the late reggae master, who died at age 36 of melanoma in 1981, I'm told there's plenty of amazing material you don't know.
Besides, doc and feature switch-hitter Macdonald has yet to go wrong...from Oscar-winning doc "One Day in September," "Touching the Void" and "The Last King of Scotland," which won Forest Whitaker an Oscar, to real-video compilation "Life in a Day." Well, there was that period actioner "The Eagle," starring Channing Tatum...nobody's perfect.