Sam Cooke biographical film
Sam Cooke is the next musical legend to get a biographical film made of his life, should the deal go forward, after all we've seen many a famous person's film fall to the wayside. The film will be adapted from Peter Guralnick's 2005 biography Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
The book follows the legendary singer right up until his death at the age of thirty-three when he was fatally shot. Unlike many musical legend films the main problem is dealt with, the access to the recordings.
ABKCO Music & Records Inc. owns the rights to all the master recordings of Sam Cooke and the biographical film itself, so the usual issue of rights for the song and the story are already sorted. Further to that the ABKCO company is controlled by the Klein family, Sam Cooke's manager was Allen Kliek who died this year.
The concern now is, if the film goes ahead, who they are going to cast.
Speaking about the film through Yahoo News, the President of ABKCO said that casting would be the tough one. They had originally thought Denzel Washington or Will Smith, but both are too old since the singer was killed when he was thirty-three.
Okay, I get that, but that's a bit of blatant PR pitching if you ask me, mentioning the two biggest names you could ask for and ruling them out because they are too old. We have to realise where this project is first, and it's in the very early stages of seeing an adapted script from writers that aren't mentioned.
I think there's a long way to go on the film yet, but another musical legend on screen is nothing but a good thing considering the quality of the films we've been seeing.