Gray Directing Marvin Gaye Biopic

F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) will direct a biopic of iconic singer Marvin Gaye entitled “Marvin” says Variety.

C. Gaby Mitchell (“Blood Diamond”) will pen the script about Motown’s biggest solo male who’s hits include such classic songs as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What’s Goin’ On” and “Let’s Get It On.”

The film will cover Gaye’s entire life, from his emergence at Motown through his defiance of Berry Gordy to record “What’s Goin’ On” and on up to his being gunned down by his father in 1984.

Producers David Foster and Duncan McGillivray have secured complete music rights to Gaye’s catalog, and the plan is to have the star of the film lip synch to Gaye’s recordings.

Rival biopic “Sexual Healing” with James Gandolfini and Jesse L. Martin was slated to begin filming last month but has not begun production.