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Bill Duke Allegedly Attached to Direct Mahalia Jackson Biopic

mahalia_jackson(2011-b&w-med-big)*Bill Duke is allegedly set to direct a biopic about gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson. The director has been retweeting articles written about it, according to Indiewire.

The film will be based on the biographical book, “Just Mahalia, Baby,” written by Laurraine Goreau, which focuses on Jackson’s rise from poverty to the gospel icon.

Making a movie about Jackson’s life has been considered a “passion project” of Duke’s for years now. The film will include her original music.

It’s the same project Ruth L Ratny, college professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Vaun Monroe, and Chicago filmmaker of Joyful Noise, LLC was working on in 2013. She’s attached to write the film.

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Read more of the essay at Indiewire’s Shadow and Act.

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