*Director Tate Taylor, who adapted and made his helming debut on “The Help,” is in negotiations to direct an untitled biopic on James Brown – with Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer and fellow musical icon Mick Jagger serving as producers.


According to Deadline.com, the film will be a co-production between Imagine Entertainment and Jagged Films. The two parties will now look for distribution, as well as search for an actor to portray the Godfather of Soul.

The story charts his young rise from extreme poverty and violence to become a soul legend, one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades. Grazer started the project at a time when the singer himself was an active part in its development, before he died in late 2006.

For now, Grazer was glad to have the project moving forward with Jagger and Taylor, calling Brown “one of the most electric, exciting stage performers of all time.”

Said Jagger: “It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life.”

Brown’s family will continue to be part of the package. “I am deeply honored that Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, two of my husband James Brown’s favorite people, have entered into a partnership to bring his inspirational story to the big screen,” added Brown’s widow, Tommie Rae Brown. Added his daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas: “My father’s music has been a beacon to people all over the world and now his life story will impact future generations and show Why he is respected as The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown!”