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David Matthews will pen the movie based on the book Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, written by Davis’ daughter, Tracey, and Dolores A. Barclay.
The synopsis reads: “In his 60s, groundbreaking entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. tries to pull off the biggest showbiz reunion in history but first, he’ll have to mend all the relationships he’s broken along the way to stardom. Told in impressionistic flashbacks, the story of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s rise from child prodigy, to global superstar, as he fights racism, the Hollywood machine, and his personal demons in a last-ditch attempt to reclaim his former stardom.”
Waithe would produce with Rishi Rajani and Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman and Sight Unseen, which is behind the Emmy winning Bad Education, which premiered on HBO last spring,and upcoming Hulu horror film Bad Hair.
My father was an extraordinary man, who experienced tremendous joys and fought tough battles throughout his years coming up in the industry,” said Davis. “His was not an easy road, but, like he did in all aspects of his life, he gave it everything he had. We plan to do the same with this film.”
Added Waithe: “As Black culture continues to define popular culture, Sammy’s immense mark is undeniable. His story as a generational talent trying to make his way as a father, husband, and a Black man in America is one I have long wanted to help tell.”
Another biopic of the entertainer is in the works with a focus on his relationship with actress Kim Novak. Titled Scandalous!, the movie is set to star Hollywood break-out Jeremy Pope and be directed by Janet Mock.
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