Marvin Gaye is probably the single greatest soul singer of all time, and his career was long and weird enough that it probably couldn’t fit into a single biopic. So it makes sense that, rather than being a movie, it’s about to become a miniseries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx is set to serve as an executive producer on a new limited series about Gaye’s life.
There have apparently been many attempts to make biopics about Gaye’s life, but Gaye’s family hasn’t given any of them the OK. They are, however, participating in this miniseries, which also has the cooperation of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III is also on board as an executive producer.
There’s no word on whether Foxx will play Gaye, but I think he could pull it off. He completely disappeared into the role in Ray, and I really like the way he sang the words “Marvin Gaye” on Kanye West’s “Slow Jamz.”