The latest biographic picture to receive a green light is legendary crooner Sam Cooke. The singer/songwriter is considered one of the pioneers and founders of soul music and now his story will hit the big screen.
Cooke’s most recognizable hits include “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” “Wonderful World,” and “Bring It on Home to Me.” Screen writers Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais wrote the adaption of Peter Guralnick’s book “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke” to develop the script which covers Cooke’s short life – 1931 to 1964.
Cooke recognized the importance of not only crafting hits songs, he also focused on the business aspects of his career. As an entrepreneur he founded a record label and publishing company. In addition to his music career, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement before being shot dead on December 11, 1964, by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California at the age of 33.
With the screenplay complete the ABKCO company is searching for a director to develop the film.
Who would be the best person to play Sam Cooke?