Sony BMG’s fledgling film unit has tapped Darnell Martin (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”) to direct “Cadillac Records,” which she also scripted from an original idea.
Pic, set in the Chicago music world of the 1950s populated by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley, is produced by Sofia Sondervan and Andrew Lack.
Casting is under way, with shooting to start later this year in Chi.
Established in 2005, Sony BMG Film develops, finances and produces music-related theatrical films. “Reggaeton,” a co-production with Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Films about an aspiring rapper from the South Bronx who moves to Puerto Rico, is targeted for an October bow.
Two docs from Sony BMG Film will be released later this year: Asger Leth’s “The Ghosts of Cite Soleil,” which unspooled at the 2006 Telluride and Toronto fests, and Julien Temple’s “Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten,” which screened last January in Sundance.