Bob Marley Animated Film + Statue in the Works

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Bob Marley (photo from his Wikipedia page)

A new film described as “an animated musical love letter to the late Bob Marley’s legendary music and to the people of Jamaica” is in the developmental stage, according to a an article in Variety. Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Animation are are teaming up to develop the film, which is untitled at present.

The animated film will use the late reggae icon’s music and will be written and produced by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip), according to the article. The Variety piece says, “Also serving as producers are Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, head of Polygram Entertainment David Blackman and E. Brian Dobbins of Principato-Young. Fox Animation Co-Presidents, Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, announced the project.

Cedella Marley is quoted as saying, “My father has inspired art and artists around the world and I’m excited to embark on a new creative venture that highlights his incredible music.”

Related: When Ben & Jerry’s celebrated Bob Marley

Polygram previously released Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years and is currently producing a Motown documentary and a Todd Haynes-directed documentary on the Velvet Underground.

In other Bob Marley news, Zimbabwe has received permission from the Marley estate to erect a statue in honor of the singer, who would have turned 73 on Feb. 6. Marley performed at Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations in 1980 and also composed a song called “Zimbabwe” in 1978. The statue, whose design has yet to be revealed, will be placed at the Rufaro stadium in Harare, where Marley performed. Zimbabwe is the only African nation where Marley ever performed.

According to an article in Africa News, the statue will be eight meters and constructed in bronze statue and will be sculpted by two South African artists, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren, best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. The Zimbabwe statue must be pre-approved by the Marley estate before construction will commence.

Marley died of cancer at age 36 in 1981.

Watch Bob Marley perform “Zimbabwe” in 1979

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