A Marvin Gaye biopic has been in the works for years, and it appears to be finally heading into production. Julien Temple will be directing the film that documents Gaye recording his final album, Midnight Love, in Brussels, and his journey to return to the U.S. at the urging of his friend, Belgian promoter Freddy Cousaert. More specific details of the film, and whether or not it will depict Gaye’s death, have not been released.
Jean-Luc Van Damme, producer and managing director of Banana Films, has been working to get this project started for over five years and stated that the process has been “a long fight”. In early 2008, we reported that Lauren Goodman would be directing the project. F Gary Gray and Cameron Crowe are also among the directors that have attempted to film this movie, however, this is the first time that filmmakers have been given official permission to tell Gaye’s story.
Screen Daily says the project, named either Midnight Love or Sexual Healing, will begin shooting later this year in Ostend, Belgium. No actors have been casted yet, though.