Marley is an upcoming documentary film that is based on the life of Bob Marley. The legendary reggae master and his rise to fame due to his famous songs that spoke to millions of people. He is known for his songs: Get Up, Stand Up, No Woman, No Cry and so much more. On April 20th 2012, Marley is going to be shown in theaters. This documentary film is directed by Kevin MacDonald will take the fans of Bob Marley through his life and music once more. Here is an article written by about the film “Marley”
“Marley: The Life And Music Of Bob Marley
After six years and three different directors, “Marley,” a documentary about the life of reggae legend Bob Marley, is finally going to be released on April 20th, a date that is known in certain circles as a holiday celebrating the consumption of marijuana.Based on the Facebook comments on the Marley page maintained by his family, many fans will be marking the occasion while watching the film in the comfort of their own homes. That’s because “Marley” is the latest to be given a “day and date” release, meaning that it will be available in theaters on the same day that it’s offered on demand. Eamonn Bowles, chief executive of distributor Magnolia Pictures, which is known for pioneering VOD distribution models, says he thinks that releasing the movie simultaneously in theaters and on demand will help capitalize on Marley’s enduring popularity on social media sites.
Marley, known for popular songs like “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “No Woman, No Cry,” died tragically in 1981 at the age of 36 after a battle with cancer. Since then, there have been at least six failed attempts to make a film about him. In the 1990s, singer Lauryn Hill was reportedly on board to play Rita Marley in a Warner Bros. project that never got off the ground. In 2006, Jamie Foxx was said to be in talks to play the reggae star in another biopic produced by Ms. Marley, but the project died because its director couldn’t secure the music rights.
Around that time, the rights to Mr. Marley’s expansive library were purchased by financier Steve Bing’s production company, Shangri-la, for a documentary that was to be directed by Martin Scorsese with cooperation from the Marley family. Mr. Scorsese subsequently dropped out of the project because of scheduling problems. After the departure of another director, Jonathan Demme—he left over creative differences—Mr. Bing contacted Kevin Macdonald. A longtime Marley fan, Mr. Macdonald had wanted to make a film about the singer ever since he was in Uganda shooting “The Last King of Scotland,” and noticed how many people there revered Marley as a hero and a messenger for the third world.
Speakeasy caught up with Mr. Macdonald recently at the Bowery Hotel, where he talked about making the film and what he learned in the process.”
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