According to the website, indiewire.com, a film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works.
Reported to be titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley’s songs), it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.
According to the website, the film traces Marley and the Wailers’ emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.
There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 at age 36 from cancer.
At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that reportedly fell through.
Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his critically-acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.