The retro music made-for craze continues with word that a biopic of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard is slippin’ and slidin’ its way onto NBC’s sweeps sked this season.
The Peacock has greenlit the telefilm from Fox TV Studios Pictures, where the project was developed by senior veep Marci Pool. Production is set to begin in November, with John Davis (NBC’s “Asteroid”) on board as exec producer.
Little Richard, aka Richard Penniman, has blessed the project and will lend his voice to the musical numbers, sure to include such signature 1950s hits as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Slippin’ and Slidin’.”
The Little Richard story is as rollicking as his octave range. He was raised in poverty in Georgia and grew up to blend the gospel music of his youth with New Orleans-style R&B and a caterwaul that was all his own. Amid career ups and downs, the flamboyant, pompadour-sporting musician twice gave up showbiz for the ministry.
The telepic is sure to delve into Little Richard’s influence on many of the major figures in rock ‘n’ roll, including Jimi Hendrix, who served a short stint in Little Richard’s band years before he became famous on his own.