Franklin will serve as an executive producer on the project, while Brian Ivie (“The Drop Box”) has been tapped to write and direct the film, Deadline reports. The outlet notes that the untitled pic will “follow the 14-time Grammy-winning artist from his humble beginning through his meteoric rise to fame as he changes the face of gospel music and battles his demons in the process.”
Kirk Franklin’s road to gospel music stardom began when he released his debut studio effort, “Kirk Franklin & The Family” in 1993. The Texas native is the first artist to sit atop all five of Billboard’s gospel charts at the same time.
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In related news, Netflix has announced that there will not be a third season for Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It“, as the streaming giant has opted not to renew the series.
“Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series She’s Gotta Have It (1986, based on his first feature film) to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods.”
The series is expected to be shopped elsewhere, Deadline reports.
Billed as “a seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment,” the series is based on Spike Lee’s 1986 film of the same name.
Netflix debuted the series in November 2017. Lee reportedly directed every episode of the first season, which consisted of 10 episodes and nine in the second installment.
Spike Lee’s next project for Netflix is “Da 5 Bloods,” a war drama about Vietnam veterans starring Chadwick Boseman and Giancarlo Esposito.