After a guest starring role in HBO’s The Newsroom Jane Fonda is returning to TV. The project, currently titled Now What? by Abby Gewanter (Pushing Up Daisies) is for ABC and will cast the First Lady of Aerobics as a 1/2 of a cantankerous mother/daughter duo.
Let’s hope it fares better than $hi+ My Dad Says, which I thought aired a handful of episodes, but was in fact on for 18.
Moving to the big screen, Deadline reports that a big screen treatment of James Brown is in the works.
The film will follow the singer from his impoverished beginnings in rural Georgia to the height of his global super stardom. As opposed to other biopics (Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix) the Brown Family is on board. Let’s be glad that fractured bunch can agree on something!
Written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game), Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger will lend star and industry power while Tate Taylor (The Help) direct.
With the behind the scenes pieces in place, the big challenge will be finding an actor with the charisma to convince audiences he is The Godfather of Soul.
Eddie Murphy’s James Brown days on SNL, were long ago. But he was said to have been very disappointed by his 2007 Academy Award loss for Dreamgirls, so maybe he will lobby for the role in hopes of Oscar glory. Usher is another possibility…
Who do you think should play James Brown?