Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to life of the famous Philadelphia-born R & B singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass, a film project that Fast furious actor Tyrese Gibson should play the lead role.
Donald De Line (Player Loan Awill produce via his De Line Pictures studio banner, with Lee Daniels (Empire, the butler, precious), and Gibson via his Voltron images. The studio also operated Little Marvin (creator of the next series of Amazon events Their) to write the scenario. Pendergrass's widow, Joan Pendergrass, is an executive producer.
Born March 26, 1950, Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, Teddy was raised by Ida Geraldine Pendergrass, a single mother whose husband, Jesse, left the family while Teddy was a young child. Shortly after meeting his father for the first time, Jesse was stabbed to death in 1962, when Teddy was eleven years old.
In the early 1970s, Pendergrass became famous as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before skyrocketing as a solo artist, publishing four consecutive platinum albums between 1977-1981 (then a record for an African-American artist of R & B). His work includes many successes, including his single R & B, number one in sales, "Close the Door".
Working with its director, the famous Shep Gordon, the growing popularity of Pendergrass continued to grow and in the late 80's, the media calling it "The Black Elvis" – not only for its unprecedented popularity, but also for the similar mansion. Graceland, built by Elvis, just outside his hometown of Philadelphia.
On March 18, 1982, while he was driving his Rolls Royce, Pendergrass lost control of Lincoln Drive, in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, hitting a security fence, crossing a passageway and entering two trees. He suffered an injury to the spine that left him tetraplegic, paralyzed from the chest.
Suicide-minded after the accident, Pendergrass would have a hard time coming back from tragedy with the help of an extraordinary psychiatrist – himself a paraplegic – to relearn how to sing with the help of his wife. ;a specialist. Three years later, on July 13, 1985, Pendergrass made a moving return to the stage at the historic Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London in front of 100,000 spectators and more than 1.5 billion viewers.
For the next two decades, he will continue his successful solo career until the announcement of his retirement in 2007, and then create the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries. He died in 2010.
"I am honored to make this trip … it is the role for which I feel that I was born. Teddy Pendergrass has kissed me and, before he passes, has given me the responsibility to tell his story, "Gibson said. "Being here at this time and in this space and this moment with Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Little Marvin and Warner Bros. is a prayer answered. Teddy, I just hope we will make your pride to you, your wife and your family … Here we are !!
Gibson, a singer nominated for several Grammy Awards, is currently shooting Black and blue for Sony Screen Gems and will soon start spinning Fast and Furious 9. Gibson also recently returned to the Daniels Fox series Star. He also wrote and starred in director Paul Hunter's film shame in front of Jennifer Hudson, that he produced with Denzel Washington. The film won the "Best of Fest" award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Short Film Festival.
Gibson's sixth studio album, Black Rose, was released independently in 2015 by its label Voltron Recordz and distributed by Caroline Records. He made his debut at No. 1 American albums Billboard 200 and Top R & B / Hip-Hop. His single "Shame" was nominated for two Grammys and was # 1 on the R & B charts for 16 weeks.
Gibson is represented by APA, Isabella Castro of Voltron Management and John Tishbi of Pearlman & Tishbi, LLP