Well, it’s been at least three month since a famous musician has received the biopic treatment (if you’re interested in my spec script for Wango Tango, Baby: The Passion And Pain of Ted Nugent, drop me an email, agents), so the news broke this morning that a film based on the life and music of soul giant Sam Cooke is going to happen.
According to The AV Club, the film is set to be scripted by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, who previously wrote the Beatles schlock of Across the Universe, and who will base the script on Peter Guralnick’s biography, Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke. And, according to Billboard, the film will follow Cooke (who basically had the voice of God) “from childhood through his years as a gospel singer, a pop star, civil rights activist, and eventually a label owner and music publisher.”
And while the glut of music biopics can be tiring, Sam Cooke is one of the all-time kings of soul, with a fascinating and tragic life story that could make for great art within a film. That is, of course, until they inevitably get Jaden Smith to play him, at which point the skies will darken with blood and the plague of locusts will begin.