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- Posted on Feb 15th 2011 8:00AM by Julian Marszalek
According to Screen Daily.com, the film will focus on Gaye's final studio album, 'Midnight Love.' Recorded in Brussels, the album -- and its smash-hit single, 'Sexual Healing', succeeded in re-establishing Gaye as musical force after years of cocaine addiction had left his career on the rocks. Gaye was forced into exile in Europe in 1981 after a long-running battle with the IRS.
Filming is set to take place in Ostend, Belgium -- the town that Gaye called home during his period away from the US in the early 80s. Crucially Julien Temple -- the man behind rockumentaries on Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer and Dr. Feelgood -- has secured the backing of record company EMI who own the rights to the songs on the album.
The movie is believed to centre on the relationship between Gaye and Belgian promoter Freddy Cousaert, the man who persuaded Gaye to return to the US and stage a comeback. No casting decisions have been made and it is unknown whether the film will including Gaye's slaying at the hands of his father, Marvin Gaye Senior.