A Biopic On Sammy Davis Jr. In The Works At Paramount Pictures
The leading moviemaking banner Paramount Pictures is gearing up to bankroll a long-awaited biopic on dancer-singer-actor-musician, Sammy Davis Jr. Since the project is at the very initial stage, not many details are out about it but the reports claim that the movie will be a screen adaptation of the entertainer’s memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. that was written in 1965 by Davis and Jane & Burt Boyar.
According to the report, Di Bonaventura Pictures founder Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has earlier financed a wide variety of movies like American Assassin (2017), Transformers (2007) and Doom (2005), to name a few, will produce the biopic with Davis’ heirs. Lionel Richie and Mike Menchel are also coming together to co-produce the project.
Producer Lionel Richie, who is said to have played an important role in acquiring the life and music rights to the project after years of legal disputes and drama, is excited about collaborating on the project, “I cannot tell you how excited I am about the signing of the Sammy Davis Jr. project with Paramount. I knew and loved Sammy dearly. I knew and loved Sammy dearly,” he says.
Sammy Davis’ life has been quite fascinating and could be made into a series of movies. His biopic will follow his life from Vaudeville with his father and uncle in the Will Mastin Trio to him joining the army during the second world war to bagging the short movie Sweet and Low in the year 1947 as well as his torrid romance with white actresses such as Kim Novak. It will also include the period where the entertainer lost his left eye in a car crash and converted to Judaism, and much more.
Paramount Pictures will now begin their hunt to bring a writer and a director to put the project together. Are you excited for a biopic on Sammy Davis Jr.?