The impact of Marvin Gaye’s music could not be overstated, yet it wasn’t until now that we will finally have some more insight into his fascinating life. For the very first time, Marvin Gaye’s family—his children, Nona, Marvin III, and Frankie Gaye, as well as his former wife, Janis Gaye—has given the green light for a documentary on the legend, also “supporting and contributing” to the project The film, Marvin, What’s Going On?, will focus on the making of Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album.
According to a statement from the producers, the film aims to be “the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album.” What’s Going On “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers,” commented the producers, adding that “The relevance of [his] masterpiece is as strong as ever.”
Marvin Gaye’s children also shared a joint statement: “We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing ‘What’s Going On’ album. We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey.
“Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group’s attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before.
“We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades.
“What’s Going On… something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.”
Noah Media Group and Greenlight are currently developing the film, which is slated to go into production this year and to be released in 2017. Marvin, What’s Going On? will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen archive footage.