U’s Charles biopic keeps date

Foxx topliner set for October bow

Universal is going ahead with plans to open “Ray,” a biopic about the late singer Ray Charles, on Oct. 29.

Studio acquired the rights to the project in March when it was named “Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story,” 16 years after the project first went into development. Taylor Hackford, who directed and is a producer on the film, issued a statement about Charles on Friday.

“Although the term ‘genius’ has been overused, it is the only description that truly fits the greatness of Ray Charles,” he said. “For the past 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Ray on a feature film about his life. It didn’t take us that long to make the film, only to find the financing.”

The now-dissolved Crusader Entertainment announced it had acquired life rights in 2001, back when Charles was still playing more than 200 sold-out dates per year. Crusader, owned by Phillip Anschutz, was recently re-named Bristol Bay as part of a restructuring.

Production on the pic, starring Jamie Foxx, wrapped in July 2003.

“Heart” centers on the personal and professional hardships and triumphs of Charles, who was born in the segregated South in 1930 and went blind at age 7 from glaucoma.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Marketplace

    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Film News from Variety

    Loading