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Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Queen lead list of planned music biopics

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Coming soon to a theater near you: Music biopics, and lots of them.

Films about such legendary musicians as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and the rock group Queen are in different stages of development, according to Billboard, though some could be as far off as three years away.

Biopics on Tupac Shakur and Frank Sinatra, for instance, have been rumored for years but continuously hit snags in the development stage. The same goes for movies based on 1960s rock and folk icons Jimi Hendix and Janis Joplin.

Billboard, citing the fact that Hollywood is hungry for musical biopics at this stage, breaks down the 12 projects that are most likely to happen soon (or soon enough).

Is there someone whose story you’d like to see told on screen? Let us know.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • June 6, 2011 | Permalink |

    I hope these movies get made. Especially the Aretha Franklin one. However, Billboard forgot to mention that Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia are also contenders for the role. In fact, they are both much more likely to get it than Patina Miller…and Halle Berry has already declined the role.

    My bets are on Hudson.

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