The Weinstein Company has purchased the rights to the book ,Rita Marley, Bob Marley’s widow, wrote detailing her life with the reggae legend who died of cancer at the tender age of 36.
The book, titled No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley, gives Rita’s account of the couple’s tempestuous marriage, which began in 1966, and encompassed affairs, separations, the bringing up of four children, and an assassination attempt in 1976.
TWC’s Michael Cole told Variety:
“It’s an amazing love story between Bob and Rita,”
While Rita Marley described the story as:
“about a girl from the ghetto and a boy from the rural areas,”
“It’s more than being a superstar — we have trod the rocky roads. It’s more than just a story, it’s a reality.”
The project is still in early development, with a late 2009/early 2010 release date being rumoured. Rita Marley herself will executive produce, while Rudy Langlais will produce the script by Lizzie Borden.
There have been other biopics of Bob Marley’s life planned over the last few years, but Marley claimed that prior offers and creative teams hadn’t been satisfactory.
This new biopic will be in addition to the Martin Scorsese documentary which was announced last month. A release date of Feb 6th, 2010 is being targeted for that production, marking the date that would have been Marley’s 65th birthday.