Biopic Of R&B Legend Sam Cooke Is Moving

The proposed Sam Cooke biopic is making headway it seems with ABKCO, the company that owns the bulk of Cooke’s master recordings and publishing rights, currently seeking a director reports Reuters.

Scribes Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (“The Commitments,” “Killing Bono”) recently completed their script adaptation of “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke,” Peter Guralnick’s definitive biography in 2005 of the man widely regarded as the first significant R&B performer to appeal to multi-generational and multi-racial audiences.

The script is said to cover his entire life 1931 to 1964 including his years as a gospel singer, pop star, civil rights activist and music publisher before being shot dead in 1964. ABKCO will self-finance the project.