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Warner Bros picks up Marvin Gaye biopic, Nia DaCosta shares “bittersweet hope” of ‘Candyman,’ & more

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Warner Bros has picked up What’s Going On, an official biopic about iconic soul singer Marvin GayeDeadline has learned.

Directed by Allen Hughes, the forthcoming project, produced by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will be based on a script by poet-playwright Marcus Gardley. Unlike previous attempts by filmmakers to capture Gaye’s life on film, What’s Going On has been approved by the late singer’s estate and Motown for use of all of his signature songs. The film will address “the demons that haunted Marvin,” as well as serve as a “tribute to an icon whose music changed the world.” What’s Going On is set to be released in 2023 in theaters and on HBO Max.

In other news, Candyman director Nia DaCosta has released a special video message in honor of Juneteenth on Saturday, in which she explains how her upcoming film taps into centuries of Black trauma in America. “I was thinking a lot about the duality of the Black experience in America,” DaCosta says in part in the video, noting that Juneteenth is a celebration of “us, of life, of freedom, of possibility,” but also commemorates “a lot of pain.” DaCosta’s Candyman is set to be released on August 27.

And finally, Gina Torres will star alongside Gabrielle Union and Keith Powers in the new Netflix romantic comedy feature The Perfect FindDeadline reports. Based on the 2016 Tia Williams novel of the same name, the film follows 40-year-old Jenna Jones, a woman who decides to risk her “high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, and bank account” on a secret romance with a person “who could destroy her comeback.” Additional casting has yet to be announced.

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