Scorsese books gig with Marley


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BERLIN -- Fresh from the Berlin International Film Festival premiere of his Rolling Stones concert film "Shine a Light," Martin Scorsese is preparing to tackle another musical project.

The Oscar-winning director has signed on to direct a documentary on the life and legacy of influential reggae musician-songwriter Bob Marley. Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment are producing.

The feature doesn’t have a title yet, but it does have a release date: Feb. 6, 2010, the 65th anniversary of Marley’s birth.

Fortissimo Films is the international sales agent. Steve Bing’s Shangri-La is financing.
The film has the support of the Marley family; son Ziggy Marley is acting as one of the executive producers.

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36 and achieved iconic status posthumously. Several attempts have been made to bring his story to the screen, but none have come to fruition. Another project, the long-gestating "The Bob Marley Story," is set up at Warner Bros. with Jerry Weintraub producing and Rita Marley exec producing.

Scorsese is preparing to direct "Shutter Island," an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams. He is repped by Endeavor and the Firm.