Spike Lee to Direct James Brown Flick
That was fast.
Director Spike Lee has signed on to shoot a movie about James Brown, the late “Godfather of Soul,” Daily Variety reported on Wednesday.
The authorized project is being developed for Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures by Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning producer of “A Beautiful Mind,” the trade publication said, adding that production would likely begin in 2008.
Brown, the self-proclaimed “hardest working man in show business,” died of congestive heart failure on Monday, aged 73.
“Like everybody, I was surprised and saddened that James Brown died,” Daily Variety quoted Grazer as saying. “Having known him well, and after spending lots of time with him and researching his life, it’s somehow not surprising that he died on Christmas Day. He was the ultimate showman, all the way to the end.”
What’s he saying? That James thought dying on Christmas was the equivalent of a showbiz Viking funeral pyre?
Spike Lee to direct James Brown movie [Reuters]