Tate Taylor Circles James Brown Biopic

By AMC October 23, 2012

Director Tate Taylor came to the world's attention in 2011 with his Academy Award-nominated drama "The Help". He now looks to take on the life story of music's iconic "Godfather of Soul": James Brown. Taylor is in talks to helm an upcoming biopic based on Brown's life which is reportedly set to be produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger with a script by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.

The story is said to trace Brown's rise from poverty to megastardom as the originator and master of funk.

It would be interesting to see what Taylor is able to bring to the film. His own Jackson, Mississippi roots may have given him a perspective on the South that could aid in translating some of the feel and flavor of Brown's own childhood in South Carolina to the screen. But a biopic is a daunting undertaking for any filmmaker. It takes immense skill to ensure that the story maintains focus rather than becoming a series of vignettes or a highlight reel of the subject's life.

Of course, much is dependent on the actor who is cast to play Brown. A search is currently underway.

We will keep you updated as details on the project emerge.

Source: Coming Soon

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