Documentaries about musicians are an evergreen, and anyone waiting for a high-profile film about soul legend Marvin Gaye needn’t wait much longer. “Marvin, What’s Going On?” — not to be confused with last year’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?” — is being developed by Noah Media Group and Greenlight; for the first time, Gaye’s wife and children are supporting and contributing to the project. Variety first broke the news.
“What’s Going On?” will center around the recording of Gaye’s landmark album of the same name. Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones are co-directing the documentary, which is set to be shot on location in Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In a joint statement, Gaye’s children Nona, Marvin III and Frankie said that the eponymous question is “something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.”
The trio also added that they “look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades.” “Marvin, What’s Going On?” is scheduled for release sometime in 2017.