Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros. is set to budget around $80 million to acquire the script for the biopic What’s Going On about Marvin Gaye, written by poet and playwright Marcus Gardley.
Per the outlet, Allen Hughes will direct the project. And in his statement, he said: “This is so personal for me. When I made my first film with my brother, we were fortunate to get What’s Going On into the trailer for Menace 2 Society, and it was a game changer in elevating the marketing of that film. Every film of mine but the period film From Hell had some Marvin Gaye in it, and I’ve just always connected to him.”
“He’s the artist’s artist, with this ethereal voice that just comes out of the heavens,” he continued. “There have been plenty of great artists, and then Marvin, in his own lane.”
The outlet also confirmed that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will serve as producers.
What’s Going On will go into production next year with a tentative 2023 release in theaters and on HBO Max.