Entertainment Studios has scored the global rights to the Sammy Davis, Jr.-themed biography “Deconstructing Sammy” with plans to adapt the great entertainer’s life into a feature, a scripted TV series and a documentary. All will be released through its newly acquired distribution label Freestyle Releasing.
Matt Birkbeck penned the 2008 biography which follows Davis’ small beginnings in Harlem to his struggles with racism, his rise as one of the members of the iconic Rat Pack, and his controversial relationships to actresses Kim Novak and May Britt.
All three projects are being developed at the same time with production on the motion picture targeting a Q2 2016 start. Meanwhile the TV series will delve into Davis’ life through from the 1960s through to the 1980s.