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Hulu Sets Sammy Davis Jr. Bio from Lee Daniels Starring Elijah Kelly

Sammy Davis Jr - Elijah Kelly (Getty)

*Hulu has ordered an eight-episode limited series exploring the life of #SammyDavisJr. The series, set to star Elijah Kelley, is told through the lens of Sammy’s racial identity and relationship with the Black community. #LeeDaniels will serve as co-writer and executive producer on the series and will even direct the first two episodes. Lee has worked […]

Lee Daniels Teams with Tom Hanks to Produce Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

*Lee Daniels has teamed up with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone to develop a miniseries about the life of music icon Sammy Davis Jr. The project, titled “Sammy,” is in preliminary stages, according to Deadline, with “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.” by Wil Haygood being used as source material. […]

Byron Allen Acquires Rights to Sammy Davis Jr. Biography

[videowaywire video_id=”CC19CQ2NBB42MFH0″] *Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired the global media rights to “Deconstructing Sammy,” Matt Birkbeck’s critically-acclaimed biography of legendary entertainer, Sammy Davis, Jr. The company will produce the Davis story as a feature film, a scripted television series, and a documentary. The TV series will chronicle Sammy’s view of the world from the […]

First Look: Trailer for Sammy Davis, Jr. Documentary ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’

*The first major documentary about legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. has released a first trailer ahead of its premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” delves into Davis’ personal life and career as he navigated through the shifting tides of […]

Lionel Richie-Produced Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic Gets Blessing from Estate

*Following decades of legal disputes, the heirs to the estate of Sammy Davis Jr. have now signed off on a biopic about the legendary entertainer. They are joining with a producing team led by Lionel Richie, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mike Menchel in a rights deal, according to Deadline. The project will be based on […]

Lionel Richie: Singer Producing Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

*The estate of Sammy Davis Jr. has announced a biopic in the works that will be based on Davis’ 1965 memoir “Yes I Can: The Story Of Sammy Davis, Jr.,” Shadow and Act reports. The project is being led by Lionel Richie, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mike Menchel. Richie has this to say about […]