The life of Curtis Mayfield was one filled with perseverance, faith, tragedy, iconic music and it's coming to the big screen! Mayfield got his start singing gospel in church, joined the singing group the Impressions but was permanently paralyzed from the neck down while performing on stage. His name and music is synonymous with the 70's and what better person to bring his life to the screen than a fellow 70's icon Lionel Richie.
Via The Root:
"Lionel Richie just secured the rights to bring Curtis Mayfield’s life to the big screen. Richie, a former member of the Commodores, will be producing the movie under his RichLion Productions company, according to Deadline.
“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with [Mayfield’s widow] Altheida Mayfield, [son] Cheaa Mayfield and the Curtis Mayfield estate and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this amazing project about a one-of-a-kind music genius.
”Mayfield, whose hits include the Superfly soundtrack and “People Get Ready,” died from complications of Type 2 diabetes on Dec. 26, 1999, at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Ga. In 1990, he was paralyzed from the neck down after stage lighting fell on him during a concert in New York City.
“It’s time to celebrate and re-evaluate Curtis’ legacy. For years, too many others have tried to claim what he alone did. He was a genius, always stood on his own,” Altheida Mayfield said."
Take a listen to one of Curtis Mayfield's popular hits!
If done right, this film could be huge and I'm definitely going to be buying my ticket for opening day! Is this something you'd like to see or will you be passing on this one? Let's chat about this in the comments below.