For a guy who can’t get no satisfaction, Mick Jagger sure has been busy lately. The celebrated frontman was just in London for the premier of Crossfire Hurricane, a new documentary about the epic career of the Rolling Stones that will air on HBO November 15.
Talks are already underway to enlist Tate Taylor, who wrote the script for and directed The Help to helm the picture. The film will be a co-production between Jagger’s Jagged Films and Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.
Speaking to Deadline, Jagger said that “It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life.”
Grazer has been working on the project for years. In fact prior to his death in 2006, Brown himself was involved in the project with traces his life story as he rose up from abject poverty to become “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”
Currently Jagger and Glazer are looking for both a company that can distribute the film and more importantly, an actor that can portray James Brown.
In the past actors such as Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy had both been attached to the Brown role. However at this time, there are few rumors circulating about who may be eventually be cast to portray the singer who was famous for tightly wound funk and soul numbers like “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Night Train,” and “Get Up Offa That Thing.”