Is Jesse L. Martin’s ‘Marvin Gaye’ Biopic In Trouble?!
What’s going on?! We heard it through the grapevine that director Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye project is experiencing some technical difficulties.
Starring Jesse L. Martin as the late soul singer, many cinephiles were finally seeing the light as progress was being made on the project. Now, according to a well-placed source, it seems as if there are a host of problems making this film difficult to produce.
After suspending shooting, it has emerged that Focus Features, who boarded the project earlier this year, is no longer involved with the film. It has been a month since filming ceased, reportedly because of scheduling conflict and location issues, and it appears that crew members have not yet been paid fully for their work.
With three weeks left on a nine-and-a-half week shoot, will the film named Sexual Healing make it to the final cut?
Producer Jimmy De Brabant spoke on the uncertainty surrounding the film, hinting to a cash flow problem with the American investor “that has last much longer than expected.” The problem has said to have been “resolved,” but with no payment for the crew it seems that patience is the only currency worth virtue.
Brendan Gleeson will join Jesse L. Martin to play Gaye’s friend and promoter Freddy Cousaert. The film looks at the ex-Motown superstar’s years in Belgium, the time he spent living in Ostend in the 1980s, coming to gripe with his drug and tax problems, and his recording of Midnight Love, one of his greatest albums.
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