Kevin Macdonald To Direct “Marley”

First rumored last Fall, it has now been confirmed that Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “The Eagle,” “State of Play”) is helming “Marley”, a new documentary about the Jamaican reggae pioneer from Tuff Gong Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Cowboy Films reports The Los Angeles Times.

The film will examine the brief, creative life of Marley, who died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, by interviewing many of the figures in and around him along with archival material.

Macdonald has secured permission of Bob Marley’s family and will be free to include material from the his archives. A release is planned sometime this Summer.

Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme have both tried to get film docos about the singer into production, but they never came together.