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Friday, March 21, 2008

RIGHTS FLAP JAMMING BOB MARLEY FILM


The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer.

The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documentary being produced by the Marley family-owned Tuff Gong Pictures and Steven Bing's Shangri La banner, the first theatrical documentary to license Marley songs.

The family members involved in the Scorsese project claim they were unaware that the Weinstein project would be unveiled so soon and believe that its projected late-2009 release date would interfere with the documentary's February 2010 release, which is timed to Marley's birthday.

"Martin Scorsese doesn't want to go out with a competing project, and Steven Bing has made deals with companies" that are now compromised, Blue Mountain Music president Chris Blackwell said. "The Weinstein project has put the documentary into jeopardy." Blue Mountain Music is Marley's music publisher.

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