What’s going on? Well, what’s going on is that Marvin Gaye, who penned this song, is coming to the small screen. Jamie Foxx is producing a new limited series based on the soul crooner’s life, according to Spin.
Singer-songwriter Gaye, who produced hits such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, was a formative influence in the sound of 1960s’ Motown. The recipient of several Grammys and posthumous honors such as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fames, Gaye was an individual whose music was far-reaching. Soul music could be attributed to him alone. He was tragically and fatally shot by his father in 1984.
“I’ve been a huge fan my whole life. His brilliance in music unparalleled,” Foxx said. “Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”
Foxx is no newbie to music biopics though – he played Ray Charles in 2004’s Ray and earned an Oscar for Best Actor.
Previously, F. Gary Gray, James Gandolfini, Cameron Crowe, and Lenny Kravitz attempted to bring Gaye’s story to television, whose efforts were to no avail. This upcoming production has the blessings of Motown founder Berry Gordy and Gaye’s estate.
As of now we still don’t know which specific songs from Gaye’s catalog are to be featured in the series.