12 Funky Facts You Need To Know About James Brown's Biopic Get On Up

By Gabe Toro 2014-07-31 11:58:10discussion comments
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Tate Taylor's Get On Up tells the tumultuous story of James Brown, the Godfather Of Soul who cut a wide swath through the music world, changing both the art and commerce of the modern rock star. But for years, producer Brian Grazer slaved over making a new film that brings Brown back to the masses after his 2006 death. For the longest time, it seemed certain that Get On Up wasn't going to get made.

And then, through the involvement of producer Mick Jagger, the project came to fruition. The end result is a rowdy, rambunctious film about a moment in music history where everything stopped to accommodate Brown's ruthless talent and ingenuity. Recently, the Get On Up press conference was held in New York City, and it allowed journalists a chance to talk to Chadwick Boseman (who plays Brown), as well as Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, producer Brian Grazer, director Tate Taylor, and the one and only Mick Jagger. Here are a dozen things we learned that day.

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They Had The Rights To James Brown's Life For Twelve Years
Even before Brown's 2006 passing, Brian Grazer was intimately involved with making a film about James Brown, though it was difficult over the years to obtain an actual green light.

"I owned the rights for twelve years," he explains. "And in the twelve years, I had to continue to renew the rights with James Brown directly and hired different screenwriters and different directors. When James Brown died, I lost the rights because things became further complicated. A year later, Mick [Jagger] ended up with the rights."

Jagger, a devotee of Brown's music and stardom, apparently had his own ideas about a James Brown movie, however...
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