The movie will focus on the life story of the Reggae music icon Robert Nesta Marley.
Marley famously died at age 36 of cancer after rising from the hard streets of Jamaica’s Trenchtown to global superstardom in the 1970s thanks to his inspiring, often challenging songs about love, oppression and faith, including “One Love,” “Three Little Birds,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Redemption Song” and “War.”
Marley died in 1981 after a slow, steady rise that began in 1963 with his band The Wailers, and which took him through a fertile mid-1970s peak during which his blend of ska, rock steady and reggae exploded onto the global stage on classic albums including Catch a Fire (1973), Burnin’ (1973), Rastaman Vibration (1976) and Exodus (1977), which sold more than 75 million copies.
Marley’s life story has been told numerous times in documentaries, including in 2012’s Kevin Macdonald-directed unflinching Marley. Grammy-winner Ziggy Marley recently released his seventh solo album, Rebellion Rises and previously produced the video Bob Marley & The Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 and executive produced the documentaries Bob Marley Legend Remixed, Marley and Marley Africa Roadtrip.
Ziggy Marley is a successful musician in his own right as well as a producer. Ziggy’s early immersion in music came at 10 years old when he sat in on recording sessions with his Dad.
He also produced the video Bob Marley & The Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 and was an executive producer on the documentaries Bob Marley Legend Remixed, Marley, and Marley Africa Roadtrip (the latter for television). He has also guest starred on some TV shows including Charmed and Hawaii Five-O.
Ziggy Marley also won Best Reggae Album at the Grammy’s last year and has won seven other Grammys. He even has a Daytime Emmy under his belt for his original song I Love You Too for the animated children’s series 3rd & Bird. That album also won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album. He’s released 15 albums overall. With his own label Tuff Gong Worldwide, and publishing company Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his master recordings and publishing. He also he produced the albums Easy Skankin’ in Boston and produced/mixed Exodus 40.
Marley, who is repped by WME, also created the graphic novel Marijuanaman. This May, Marley released his most recent album Rebellion Rises.