A new documentary about the life of soul man Marvin Gaye is in the works after becoming the first film approved by his family.
Bosses at Noah Media Group and Greenlight production companies are developing the movie, Marvin, What's Going On? - a nod to the soul legend's iconic 1971 album, What's Going On?
And the filmmakers have the blessing of the late great Marvin's family, including former wife Janis Gaye, and his children Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye, who recently scored a court victory over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams after claiming their song Blurred Lines ripped off their father's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up.
Marvin's kids are singing the praises of the project in a statement that reads: "We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing What's Going On album. We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey.
"Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group's attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before."
The documentary will be filmed on location in Los Angeles, Gaye's hometown of Washington, D.C., and Detroit, Michigan, the epicentre of the legendary Motown label, where the soul legend recorded the What's Going On album.
Filmmakers insist the movie will be "the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album" which "challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers."
Marvin, What's Going On? is scheduled for release next year (16).