Jamie Foxx to Executive Produce Marvin Gaye Miniseries
After nailing the role of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray and winning an Oscar for it, Jamie Foxx will now team up with de Passe Jones Entertainment to tell the story of Marvin Gaye through a TV mini-series.
Foxx said working on the project is a dream come true for him, and he's been a huge admirer of the What's Going On creator since day one.
"I've been a huge fan my whole life," he stated. "His brilliance in music is unparalleled. Marvin Gaye's story has always fascinated me."
Suzanne de Passe, of de Passe Jones Entertainment, said she's been trying to get this project off the ground for quite some time, and everything fell into place just recently.
"We've been involved in a number of attempts to get this done, and now that we've been able to marshal all the forces, and Jaime's come on board as a partner, we're excited to get going."
The late singer's son Marvin Gaye III, who's also one of the executive producers, said the "project will be a powerful and definitive telling" of his father's life. Even Mr. Motown himself, Berry Gordy, who founded the label Marvin was on gave his blessings.
"Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known," he stated. "I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way."