James Brown Biopic Gets Director Tate Taylor

Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger is producing the project, which follows the The Godfather of Soul's rise to stardom.
Tate Taylor to direct James Brown biopic
Tate Taylor to direct James Brown biopic
Tate Taylor is in negotiations to direct Brian Grazer's currently untitled James Brown biopic.

The film will follow the Godfather of Soul's journey from poverty in North Carolina to becoming one of the most influential black artists in history. The iconic musician died of congestive heart failure in late 2006.

The screenplay comes from writers Jez and John Butterworth.Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger will be producing.

Here is what the front-man for the Rolling Stones had to say about joining the project.

"It's a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life."


Tate Taylor made his debut with Pretty Ugly People and is best known for helming The Help.

No production schedule has been released for this project.


Sources: Deadline

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Comments (4)

  1. James Davis

    My band was the House Band for the ABA Club located in Greensbro NC. Mr. Brown and the Flames came through one night to perfom a one night stand,but was not recieved very well. Clint Brantley, manager for Mr.Brown and the Flames confronted me that very evening. He ask if I would like to take my band and accompany Mr.Brown on his road tour. I accepted and was hired to back up Mr.Brown and The flames. This is how we met in the late 1950's.Saxman J.C. Davis set the tone for James Brown before making his own path.

    1 year agoby @James-Davis-67747140Flag

  2. AvalleAJ

    I probably know like 1 James Brown song. Can't see myself going to see this.

    1 year agoby @AvalleAJFlag

  3. THE JOKER

    One of the mos influential musicians of our time... I agree he deserves a film!

    1 year agoby @mcleve02Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Was never a fan. I like only a few of his songs. Won't rush out to see it though. But I'm guessing drugs will be a huge part of it

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag