The story of legendary songwriter/musician Curtis Mayfield is coming to the big screen thanks to Lionel Richie.
According to Deadline, the former Commodores singer’s RichLion Productions secured the rights from the Curtis Mayfield Estate to produce a biopic based on the late singer’s life.
“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with Altheida Mayfield, Cheaa Mayfield and the Curtis Mayfield Estate and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this amazing project about a one-of-a-kind music genius.”
Altheida Mayfield added, “It’s time to celebrate and re-evaluate Curtis’ legacy. For years, too many others have tried to claim what he alone did. He was a genius, always stood on his own.”
Mayfield, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is responsible for songs like the Impressions’ “People Get Ready,” as well as the legendary Superfly soundtrack.
He also reflected his awareness of political and social concerns among black people on records like “Keep on Pushin.”
Curtis Mayfied died at the age of 57 in 1999.