Late funk superstar RICK JAMES scrapped a movie about his life just before he died in 2004 because he feared it would become a comedy.

The SUPERFREAK hitmaker was in talks with funnyman Dave Chappelle, who portrays James in his hit comedy TV series CHAPPELLE'S SHOW, about a biopic.

But he pulled the plug on the project when he realised Chappelle would be playing it for laughs.

James' daughter TY JAMES reveals, "We had a deal with VH1 for a movie, but my dad didn't want his story to be told like that, so Dave is not going to be playing him."

Ty admits she'd like HUSTLE + FLOW star Terrence Howard to play her dad in the biopic.

28/07/2005 09:27