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.