Tate Taylor in Talks for James Brown Biopic

By Kirsten Anderson Movie News

A young James Brown tearing it up.

The biopic about the Hardest Working Man in Show Business is finally coming together. Deadline reports that Tate Taylor is in talks to direct the story of musical legend James Brown. Long planned by Brian Grazer, the production also picked up some musical cachet as Mick Jagger just signed on as one of the producers. Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth wrote the script.

The movie will tell the story of “a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul, one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades.” Even if you’re a wee young kid, you’ve probably heard Brown songs like “I Got You (I Feel Good), “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” and “Living in America.” He died in 2006.

Taylor made a big splash with his second film as a director, last year’s hit “The Help.” He’s been rumored for other projects since, but hasn’t taken anything.

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