Julien Temple to direct Marvin Gaye biopic, SEXUAL HEALING

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 13th, 2011

Marvin Gaye

Since it was set to start shooting in early 2008, the long gestating biopic based on the life of Marvin Gaye has been just that, gestating.

Well, according to ScreenDaily (hat tip to The Playlist), that may be changing relatively soon.

The outlet is reporting that Julien Temple will be directing the film, currently titled SEXUAL HEALING.

Temple is best known for his films THE FILTH AND THE FURY, and THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, and while he may not be the most familiar name out there, he does give this biopic (one of many Gaye biopics currently in the works) a lot of momentum, something it hasn’t had in quite some time.

SEXUAL HEALING was originally penned by Lauren Goodman (who was also originally slated to direct), with Jesse L. Martin in the lead role, however, it remains to be seen if either of these people are still involved with this project. Goodman’s script was based on the book Trouble Man, which looked at the creation of Gaye’s bestselling album, Midnight Love, and the comeback that it took to get there.

Personally, I like the idea of getting a storied music film filmmaker involved, and while Cameron Crowe appears to no longer be anywhere near this thing, it may be for the best.  Temple is definitely an interesting addition to this project, so at this point, I’m definitely interested in seeing where they go from here.

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