A biopic based on the life of singer/songwriter Bobby Womack, who died a couple of months ago, is apparently in development, under the supervision of his longtime manager and friend Don Smalls.
Smalls says he already has a 120-page script that Womack approved before his death, adding in a press statement, with regards to casting, that, “There has been talk of Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson, but we’re also interested in casting an unknown.”
Active since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group, the Valentinos, and as Sam Cooke’s back-up guitarist, Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years, and several genres, including R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country. He wrote and originally recorded the Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now,” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs.
As a singer he is most known for hits like “Lookin’ For a Love,” “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Harry Hippie,” “Across 110th Street” and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”
“I think with the right producer and director, this could be a real blockbuster,” Don Smalls also said.
Assuming this actually happens, who should cast to play Bobby Womack?