Got two interesting emails about exciting movies officially in development. The films just happen to be about two of my favorite musicians ever, Bob Marley and the Notorious B.I.G. The Weinstein Company has acquired the movie rights to develop, produce and distribute the first ever biopic about the iconic Jamaican performer. The feature, which doesn't have a start-filming or release date as of yet, will be based on the 2004 book No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley, which was written by Marley's widow, Rita.
Notorious, the long-discussed picture about the late NYC rapper the Notorious B.I.G., has finally found its lead. The young man who will step into Biggie Smalls' shoes is Brooklyn native Jamal "Gravy" Woolard (pictured). But Woolard isn't the only one stepping into imposing shadows in this George Tillman-directed feature. Angela Bassett is set to play B.I.G.'s mom, Vonetta Wallace. Derek Luke is going to be Sean "Puffy" Combs. Anthony Mackie will portray Biggie's friend-turned-foe Tupac Shakur. Filming will start on March 24. Notorious is scheduled for a January '09 release.