Saturday 17 November, 2018

Hollywood set to produce Bob Marley biopic

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

The life of reggae legend Bob Marley is set to be depicted on screen in a Hollywood biopic, Paramount Pictures, which is developing the film, confirmed on Wednesday.

While it didn’t immediately reveal details of the project, the studio is reportedly working on the project in collaboration with the reggae icon’s son, Ziggy Marley, who himself is also a reggae star.

Born in 1945, Marley came of age in the gritty Trench Town community of Kingston and later shot to global stardom with hits including 'Get Up, Stand Up' and 'No Woman, No Cry.' His lyrics promoting social justice and African unity made him an icon in developing countries.

His acceptance by mainstream America was sealed when the Budweiser frogs grooved to his song 'Jammin' in a 1999 beer ad. His 'One Love' anthem woos tourists to Jamaica on TV spots featuring white-sand beaches and swaying palms.

In his homeland, Marley's legend was cemented in 1978 when he famously united warring political leaders Michael Manley and Edward Seaga in a solidarity handshake during his One Love Peace Concert in Kingston — a moment that has become immortalized in Jamaican consciousness.

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