10 Musician Biopics Hollywood Should Make Right Now

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By S. Ajay Ram

It's official: 2014 is the year of the musician biopic. Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix film (All Is By My Side) and the James Brown biopic (Get On Up) will be released, and this year projects are slated for Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, and Nina Simone. In fact, just today Ice Cube's son has been confirmed to play his father in an N.W.A. biopic. Musician biopics have long been a staple in the film industry, and while some have made for incredible cinema (think Ray or Walk The Line), many have been dry and formulaic.

Biopics also rarely take creative chances, and can come off as history lessons instead of true cinematic entertainment. So, the following are our pitches to Hollywood for fresh and imaginative films based on some of the greatest artists in music history. Some are household names who simply haven't received the silver screen treatment yet, while others are cult heroes whose biopics would introduce a brand new audience to their brilliance.

So read up, Hollywood producers, and feel free to green light as you see fit.

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  • VING

    That’s Kool Moe Dee not Afrika.

  • Konrad Ziemlewski

    Tom Hardy is playing Elton John in a Biopic btw

  • Bambi

    I think this is my favorite list ever on P&P

  • RBS

    The title West Savannah would only really relate to Big Boi, and why not cast legitimate actors?… Otherwise, great list.

  • Miles

    WHY YOU GIVING GIL SCOTT HERON MOVIE IDEA AWAY!

    LETS FUCKING DO THIS!

  • Loïc Mirande

    “Played by: Phillip Seymour Hoffman” … really ?

  • Đ℞ΞV/

    Nickleback biopic.. :P Chad Kroeger played by nicolas cage

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    I would love to see a Kanye biopic. I think his early struggles would be interesting on film. It may be too early to make the movie now, but it would be incredibly dope to see. A Jay-Z movie would be incredible also if Hov is willing to be transparent enough to make the film.

  • S. Ajay Ram

    Jesus Christ……that’s brilliant.

  • Jack torrence

    FELA KUTI, Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, George Clinton,

  • Michael D’Angelo

    That was my only problem with the list, give these musicians a proper film with real actors. Nobody knows if Chance and Isiah can act

  • http://lightning-powered.deviantart.com/gallery/ LightningPowered

    THIS WHOLE LIST IS FULL OF WIN