*Filmmaker Julien Temple (“The Filth and the Fury”) is reportedly near a deal to direct “Sexual Healing,” the forthcoming biopic about Marvin Gaye from Banana Films.

According to Screen Daily, the story will follow the recording of the “Sexual Healing” single, a time when Gaye was struggling with drugs, living in Brussels and considered long past his prime. With the help of Belgian promoter Freddy Cousaert, Gaye launched a successful comeback.

Julien Temple

Temple’s film is also said to be close to signing an agreement with EMI, which holds the rights to Gaye’s music, something that will be crucial if the film is to be made at all.