Sam Cooke is coming back in a big way. Six years after author Peter Guralnick wrote Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have adapted it into a biopic of the R&B legend. ACBKO, the company that owns the majority of Cooke's master recordings and publishing rights, is funding the project and is currently looking for a director.
The company's CEO, Jody Klein, whose father was Cooke's business manager, could not be more excited about the project, comparing his first encounter with Clement and La Frenais to that of meeting your future spouse. In addition to claiming the script is "excellent," Klein has also promised the film will cover the full span of the singer's tragically short life.
Cooke's family has already approved the project, so I too am expecting great things. Let's hope that Clement and La Frenais — the team responsible for both Across the Universe and The Commitments, are going more in the direction of the latter.