There’s a new documentary in the works which will chronicle the life of Marvin Gaye, titled “Marvin, What’s Going On?” reports, Variety. Noah Media Group and Greenlight are developing the film, and it’s centered on the making of Gaye’s 1971 critically-acclaimed album, “What’s Going On.”
What makes this project special is the contribution that will take from Gaye’s children—Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye—and his ex-wife Janis Gaye. The album was recorded during Detroit’s Motown era, and was almost the soundtrack of the times when the Vietnam War and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. took place. Marvin, “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers,” the producers of the film said in a statement. “The relevance of [his] masterpiece…is as strong as ever.”
The documentary is set to be filmed on location in Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, and will feature exclusive interviews from some of Motown’s most prominent artist. Also, it will showcase never before seen footage of his kids and former wife.
“We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing ‘What’s Going On’ album. We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey,” said his children in a joint statement.
“Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group’s attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before,” they continued. “We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades.”
The film will be going into production this year, and is set to be: “the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album,” stated the film’s producer in a statement.