Reinaldo Marcus Green has revealed some of his early thoughts on developing a biopic of the legendary Bob Marley.
Director Reinaldo Marcus Green is out and about, doing the publicity rounds for his Will Smith-headlined King Richard, the biopic that charts the early years of the Williams’ sisters ascendancy into sporting immortality. But the filmmaker has also been chatting about his plans for a Bob Marley film that is currently in active development.
Green has confirmed that his screenwriter on King Richard, Zach Baylin, will be collaborating with him once more, and that he has input from the Marley family too. He explained that “Ziggy Marley is, right, my point of contact for the film, and producer on the project. So we’re full steam ahead. I’ve brought on Zach Baylin to help me write it, which is great bringing our team back together. Hopefully, we’ll have a script very soon. I’m really excited about that one.”
The director also revealed which part of Marley’s career the film would focus on, adding “our film starts in 76 and really it’s about the making of [the album] Exodus.” The album was recorded by the band in London after Marley survived an assassination attempt and was forced to flee Jamaica.
As well as confirming that the project has the rights to Marley’s music, he also spoke a little about casting, adding “it’s open season right now. Anything’s possible. We don’t have any cast, so yeah, absolutely. I’m open to finding, discovering someone completely brand new, could be a family member. I’m open to anything at this point. The best actor for the role.”
We know this film will certainly mean a huge amount to a lot of people, and if done right, could do huge business too. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.