Lionel Richie To Produce Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic
Lionel Richie is heading to the producer’s chair with an upcoming biopic about iconic singer and dancer Sammy Davis Jr.
After decades of disputes and legal battles with Sammy Davis Jr.’s estate and the courts, both entities have finally reached an agreement. Now, the estate is teaming up with Richie and his producing team to deliver a film based on the entertainer’s life and extraordinary show biz career.
The project will be an adaptation of Davis’ 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.
It’s no secret that Davis led an exciting life. He was born to a pair of Vaudeville dancers in Harlem, joined in on the act, released music, became a member of the Rat Pack alongside Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, his colleagues and friends included the likes of Michael Jackson and Nat King Cole, appeared in films and had a romance with Eartha Kitt…he most certainly lived from Harlem nightclubs all the way to Hollywood.
That and more will set the tone for the upcoming biopic and Davis’ four children will all be a part of telling his story!
“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols to the screen,” Richie said in a statement to Deadline. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”
Manny, Davis’ youngest son and estate administrator added, “I am happy to tell the whole entire world that my family and I look forward to working with everyone to educate audiences of all ages about our father’s incredible American adventure.”
Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990.
No further information has been released about the biopic, but we’ll be sure to keep this on our radar and keep you looped.