It has been confirmed that Kevin Macdonald will take on the role of director for the latest attempt at a Bob Marley movie.
Macdonald’s involvement with the project has been rumoured for a while, although it’s not the first time that a film about the Jamaican singer’s life story has been attempted. Martin Scorsese was, at one time, keen to take up the challenge – and even recruited his the reggae singer’s son, Ziggy Marley, as an executive producer – but it never got off the ground. A similar film was then linked to The Silence of the Lambs director, Jonathan Demme, but, again, failed to make it to production.
However, Macdonald certainly seems keen to follow through with the film plans, and is reported to have stated that, “what made Bob tick is probably unanswerable, but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary”.
Attempting to capture the spirit of the world’s most famous Rastafarian on film is certainly a risky task, but the director is said to have secured permission of the Marley family and will be able to include archive footage of the singer, as well as exclusive interviews with those who knew him.
Macdonald is probably best known for directing films such as State of Play and The Last King of Scotland. However, more recently, he was involved with the unusual YouTube-inspired documentary, Life in a Day.
The film, titled Marley, is due to be released this summer. We’re certainly keen to see how he’ll ‘Stir It Up’ with this latest project!