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Warner Bros. Acquires Marvin Gaye Biopic ‘What’s Going On’ With Dr. Dre, Producing

Warner Bros. has acquired Marvin Gaye biopic “What’s Going On." Dr. Dre will produce alongside Jimmy Iovine and Andrew Lazar, with Allen Hughes set to direct.

Warner Bros. has struck a deal that includes a script by poet-playwright Marcus Gardley and the rights to use all of Gaye’s signature songs, as his estate and Motown were part of the agreement.

The legendary singer put out such hits as “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On,” and was later fatally shot in 1984 at age 44 by his father.

“What’s Going On” will chronicle his relationship with his father, address the demons that haunted him and celebrate the women who inspired his iconic love songs. Production is anticipated to start next year for a 2023 release.

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