Marley was the legendary Jamaican musician who is often credited with bringing reggae music to the US. Sadly, he died of cancer in 1981 at just 36 years old. But his music lives on. To date, his songs have played on nearly 200 films and television shows, and the number grows every year.
The new film, which comes from Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Animation, is not intended as a biopic. Instead, it was described to Variety as “an animated musical love letter to the late Marley’s legendary music and to the people of Jamaica.”
Kenya Barris is writing and producing the film. Barris created the ABC series “Black-ish,” which was nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series. He also wrote last year’s hit comedy, “Girls Trip” and the screenplay for the currently-filming “Shaft.”
Cedella Marley daughter of Bob and Rita Marley will also produce the film. She said:
“My father has inspired art and artists around the world and I’m excited to embark on a new creative venture that highlights his incredible music. We are thrilled to work with Kenya Barris and David Blackman on this project as well as a Fox Animation who gave us this platform to introduce a new generation to my father’s music.”
There is no word yet on how long development of this project will take.