Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil, alongside Richard Branson, are working with IM Global TV to develop a limited music drama series based on the Rick Hall autobiography “The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame.”
“Muscle Shoals” is inspired by the life of the legendary musician, record producer, songwriter, publisher and founder of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Hall is responsible for the “Muscle Shoals Sound” and creating songs such as “Brown Sugar,” “When A Man Loves A Woman” and many more. The series will take a close look at his legacy and work with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Dixie Chicks and Otis Redding, among others.
“Muscle Shoals is an extraordinary story in which, through adversity, some of the world’s most amazing music was created. It is perfectly suited for Infinitum as it combine’s Johnny’s love of music and its history and our company’s creative mission to tell these stories,” said Christi Dembrowski, President of Infinitum Nihil who is also set to produce.
The television adaptation will also hail from Branson’s Virgin Produced and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin from City Entertainment. IM Global TV hopes to partner with sister company IM Global Music to make the Hall’s song part of the series.
“Muscle Shoals” is one of five series in development at IM Global TV. The other shows include, “I, Rebel,” about an astronaut lost in space for eight years who returns to Earth to find it colonized by an alien race, “LD50,” which explores a world where a virus decimated the male population, and adaptations of the book “The Lesser Dead” and graphic novel “Planetoid.”