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James Brown

Brian Grazer's dream of making a James Brown biopic seems like it's actually becoming a reality.

Deadline has learned that Grazer is teaming with Mick Jagger to produce a movie about Brown's life. "The Help" director Tate Taylor will helm the project based on a script written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.

With those important parts in place, Grazer still needs to find a distributor for the project and an actor who looks and can sing like Brown. The movie will be a co-production between Jagged Films and Imagine Entertainment.


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James BrownJames Brown is the lone Godfather of Soul, and even if he looks a lot like Wesley Snipes in Spike Lee's upcoming biopic, Lee wants to make sure there's one recognizable voice coming through the microphone when the legendary figure appears on-screen.

"We're doing it together – it's going to happen," Lee told MTV News in an exclusive interview at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The Oscar nominated director of "Do the Right Thing" and "Inside Man" lavished praise on Snipes. "He’s my man," Lee said; but when it comes to the vocals on Brown's classic tracks like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Get Up Offa That Thing," expect to hear the authentic voice of James Brown being dubbed in. Read More...

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