By Amanda Wicks
For the first time, Marvin Gaye’s family has approved a documentary about the late musician.
The forthcoming documentary Marvin, What’s Going On? is now in development, and will focus on the creation and recording of his 1971 album What’s Going On? (via Variety). Gaye’s children, Nona, Marvin III and Frankie, as well as his former wife Janis will all contribute to the film.
The documentary will begin production this fall with a release date set for late next year. Not only will it include interviews with some of Motown’s biggest legends, but it also promises never-before-seen footage of Gaye. The film’s producers promise it will be “the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album.”
In a statement, Gaye’s children said they believed the production company behind the project would examine their father’s complexity with great detail and care. “We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades,” they added.