North Texas native and Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx to produce doc about Luther Vandross.
Comedian, Singer & Actor Jamie Foxx’s reportedly signs on as producer for upcoming Luther Vandross documentary
Jamie Foxx and Colin Firth has teamed up with actor Colin Firth to make a Luther Vandross documentary.
On Tuesday (July 11), The Hollywood Reporter has announced the news that Jamie Foxx is now one of the producers behind a forthcoming Luther Vandross documentary.
Foxx’s also joins fellow actor Colin Firth’s Raindog Films, Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division, and Sony Music Publishing. As described in the article, the movie will “follow the iconic artist as he charted his own course” and “capture the intensely private Grammy-winning artist’s passion for music, global rise, and personal struggles.”
“Luther is one of our G.O.A.T.s,” Foxx said in a statement. “He’s one of the greatest singers in the history of music. It is truly an honor to be a part of the team to help bring this incredible story to the masses.”
“Like so many, I have always loved Luther’s music, but I had no idea of the breadth and scope of his artistry,” said Porter, according to the outlet. “I think people will be surprised at how much he accomplished in his tragically short life. It is a joy to be able to share his true story.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film “will follow the iconic artist as he charted his own course becoming one of the most decorated and influential pop artists of all time” and “capture the intensely private Grammy-winning artist’s passion for music, global rise, and personal struggles.”
In addition to the documentary, a biopic is being developed based on Vandross’s only biographical book, Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross, written by renowned music journalist Craig Seymour.
Vandross suffered a stroke in 2003 and famously missed the 2004 Grammy Awards, where he won four honors including song of the year for the touching ballad, “Dance With My Father.”
In 2005, Vandross died at age 54 — the singer-songwriter got his start performing backing vocals with Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and David Bowie and writing commercial jingles in the 1970s. He later embarked on a solo career beginning with the 1981 album Never Too Much.