*While we are in the season of biopics, it’s time to do a Sam Cooke film.
Actually the project was first announced in 2011, but like many things, it got put off.
So it’s now officially getting ready to start and the script has been written and Carl Franklin will direct, reports Tambay Obenson of Shadow and Act.
The news came 4 years after author Guralnick produced the award-winning documentary Sam Cooke: Legend, said to be “the only authorized documentary on Cooke.”
The film was to cover Cooke’s entire life (born in 1931, died in 1964), and, apparently, all rights (music and life rights) to Cooke’s story had been secured from the Cooke family estate, and the production team behind the project planned to independently finance it (no surprise there certainly), with the hunt for a star and director to attach to the project.
There hasn’t been an update on that biopic since that initial announcement – nothing that we’ve known about anyway – and it looks like the project is dead; one, which I recall, a lot of you were excited about.
But not to worry, because, earlier today, I learned that another Sam Cooke film is definitely in the works, and this one already has a writer and director attached to it, and has also begun casting!
The film will take viewers on a journey through Cooke’s life from birth to death and celebrate the highlights and even the low-points of his career.
Tambay also reports that director Franklin has begun casting for the flick. No word on potential stars.
Read/learn more at Shadow and Act.