A documentary about the life of late musician Marvin Gaye is in the works.
Produced by London-based Noah Media Group and Branded Entertainment Network’s Greenlight, Marvin, What’s Going On? is the first doc about the soul legend to be developed with the participation of his children Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye and his former wife Janis Gaye.
Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones are co-directing and Noah Media Group partners John McKenna and Victoria Barrell (Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans) are producing. Co-producer Greenlight owns Marvin Gaye’s trademarks and personality rights.
The film, which is due to begin production later this year, will focus on the making of Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On. It will be released in 2017.
What’s Going On is a concept album told from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning home from the war to confront injustice, drug abuse and poverty. The album broke the Motown Records formulas for producing and songwriting with its pointed social commentary, and it is now considered a landmark album.
Shot in Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington DC, the doc will feature archival footage unearthed by the Gaye family, as well as interviews with Motown stars from the era.
In a joint statement, Gaye’s children said: “Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group’s attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before.
“We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades. What’s Going On… something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.”