Bob Marley Biopic Being Developed by Ziggy Marley
While no details have been revealed, it’s likely that the film will follow Marley’s rise from childhood in Jamaica to becoming one of the world’s leading reggae musicians.
He formed the Wailers in 1963, then continued into a solo career when the band split in 1974, although he continued to release records under the Bob Marley and the Wailers moniker. His album Exodus, released three years later, secured his place in musical history. He died in 1981 at 36 from cancer, and survived by his wife Rita Marley – a member of the I Threes, the Wailers' backing singers – as well as by Ziggy and other children.
In an interview last year, Ziggy Marley, a multiple Grammy-winning musician, told Mercury News that he "grew up with my parents, and I know my parents before the were legends. I’ve experienced them before they were legends. I didn’t grow up thinking, ‘Oh man, I am the son of this great legend.’ That perception is not part of my reality.”
He recalled his “exciting” childhood as surrounded by music. “I liked to play with the equipment, the lights and with drums, and going to concerts," he said. He added that his father’s biggest gift to him had been love. “What I’ve experienced from the legend of Bob is that the whole world gives us love, because of him," he noted. "He is love.”