MRC Non-Fiction is partnering with filmmaker Luke Korem and Fulwell 73 on a documentary about the whirlwind career of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, better known as the lip-syncing frontmen of Milli Vanilli.
Korem — director and producer of the SXSW-winning documentary Dealt – will direct and produce Girl You Know It’s True under his banner, Keep on Running Pictures.
Bradley Jackson and Fulwell 73 also serve as producers, with author and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib and Fulwell 73′s Richard Thompson executive producing.
MRC, which has a minority investment in Fulwell 73, will produce Girl You Know It’s True as the first of four projects under a new partnership between Fulwell 73′s music & sports and MRC’s non-fiction divisions to develop a slate of high-profile music documentaries featuring multi-genre legacy and current artists.
In 1987, German producer Frank Farian brought together two immigrants to create what would become pop duo Milli Vanilli.
The partnership produced one of the biggest hits of the decade: “Girl You Know It’s True,” which earned the duo a Grammy for best new artist and sold over 10 million records.
The ensuing revelation that the two were not the real singers on their multi-platinum 1989 album caused a scandal that led to them being stripped of their awards, their financial independence and eventually the death of Pilatus from what was ruled to be an accidental overdose.
Girl You Know It’s True will feature previously unseen footage, interviews with the actual singers and access to surviving member Morvan (pictured).
“For 30 years, Fab and Rob have been unfairly maligned while the industry machinations that exploited them continued to flourish,” Amit Dey, head of MRC Non-Fiction, said in a statement. “Luke and Bradley’s perspective comes from a place of empathy and understanding for characters who were caught in a game where nobody explained the rules. We’re excited to go on that journey with Fab and the whole team.”
MRC Non-Fiction most recently partnered with Rolling Stone Films for a documentary about Rudy Giuliani. A division of MRC, the unit’s slate also includes Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers, which had its world premiere at Sundance, and The Last Rider, which tells the story of legendary cyclist Greg LeMond, from acclaimed director Alex Holmes. The company also recently partnered with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson on a documentary about legendary musician Sly Stone.
Fulwell 73′s music feature credits, meanwhile, include One Direction 3D: This Is Us and Netflix’s Shawn Mendes: In Wonder. The company also produced the BAFTA-winning BBC documentary Bros: After The Screaming Stops.
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