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Mick Jagger, “Help” director Tate Taylor, plan James Brown biopic

AP

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Mick Jagger and “The Help” director Tate Taylor will team up for a feature film about the life of James Brown, who died in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006, Deadline reports.

“It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown,” Jagger told Deadline.

“My father’s music has been a beacon to people all over the world and now his life story will impact future generations,” his daughter Deanna Brown Thomas told the publication.

Brown, who died at age 73 of congestive heart failure, was born in South Carolina, but moved to Augusta when he was 6. He grew up in his great aunt’s brothel, shining shoes, and singing and dancing for tips on the city’s streets.

Brown maintained an active presence in Augusta, where a statue of his likeness now greets visitors on Broad Street, the city’s downtown boulevard. Brown would hand out turkeys at Thanksgiving and presents at Christmas. He ran into trouble with the law in Augusta, too, for incidents of domestic violence, drug offenses and a police chase that led to a 15-month prison stay.

Fans and mourners remembered the good and not-so-good times when Brown was eulogized in a huge mass celebration of his life in the downtown Augusta arena that bears his name.

The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson with Michael Jackson at Brown's public memorial in the Augusta auditorium that bears his name. AJC file photo

The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson with Michael Jackson at Brown's public memorial in the Augusta auditorium that bears his name. AJC file photo

“Only God could have made a James Brown possible, and only God can give James Brown rest,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said that day.

Also present were the Rev. Jesse Jackson, comedian and social commentator Dick Gregory and performer Michael Jackson, whose attendance came as something of a surprise to the 8,000+ fans who packed the James Brown Arena to say goodbye.

“When I saw him move, I was mesmerized, ” Jackson, who died in 2009, said that day. “And I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Legal wrangling over Brown’s estate followed his death. Nearly two and a half years after his death, the estate was finally sorted out when a South Carolina judge approved a settlement that gave nearly half of his assets to his charitable trust, about a quarter to his wife and youngest son, and the rest to Brown’s adult children. Initially his widow Tomi Rae Hynie Brown and son James Brown II had been left out of Brown’s will. The document had last been updated before his final marriage and birth of James II.

Brown's statue greets visitors to downtown Augusta. Photo credit: Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Brown's statue greets visitors to downtown Augusta. Photo credit: Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

“I find that the settlement is just and reasonable and provides a just and reasonable result for the charitable beneficiaries, ” Judge Jack Early wrote at the time.

During the court proceedings to settle the estate, claims emerged of  unpaid debts, inadequate accounting and misappropriated money, The Associated Press reported. Some of Brown’s possessions were auctioned, partly to pay debt.

Around the time of the settlement, attorneys said what was truly at state were royalties from future projects – such as this new movie project, presumably.

Note: Information from AJC archives was used in this report. The AJC reported extensively on Brown’s death, funeral and legal proceedings over his estate and this article includes information first reported by AJC writers Bill Torpy and Mark Davis and past AJC writers Lynne Anderson and Richard L. Eldredge.

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Love

October 24th, 2012
8:29 am

God Father or Soul, He was one of my favorite and I will never forget him, for as long as I live. He helped me to be who I am today. Say It loud I am BLACK and proud!!! I love him and always will, because I know how hard it was for him to Be Number one. He did it for me!!! and other like me. He give me confindence that everything is going to be all right. Thank You James Brown. GOD FATHER of SOUL!!!

Slow it down, JB

October 24th, 2012
9:06 am

“It’s Magic” and “That’s My Desire” are a couple of lesser known James Brown tunes that highlight his range and ability to croon – they are what we would consider “slow jams” or lounge tunes but they are my two favorite James Brown songs (although they may be renditions) and if you’ve never heard them before, find them and prepare to be amazed!!

Soul Brother #1: I Got Soul and I'm Superbaddddddddd

October 24th, 2012
9:19 am

Check out THE GRUNT an instrumental by his band the JB’s from early to mid 1970s…Maceo Parker (sax) and Fred Wesley (trombone) shine!!!!!!

headquarter

October 24th, 2012
10:10 am

Soul Brother #1 and the Godfather of Soul The hardest Working Man In Show Business. I have all of his music there will be no other soul brother, like Mr. James Brown RIP

[...] Mick Jagger will be working with Tate Tayor (director of “The Help”) to create a new movie focusing on the life of James Brown. Brown, whos stardum began in the streets of Augusta, GA died in 2006 of congestive heart failure. “It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown,” said Jagger on Dateline.The family will also participate in the movie. The release date is not set, but to read more on this story, click HERE [...]

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:18 am

Hello Mick Jagger my love. yes i realize u all r trying 2 tell me of the holy ghosts following me all around the world working the brothels sitting on str corners playing the BLUES for clues & coins. missing u 2. work HELP r u volunteering? YES I do a BIT of that. I hear I smell your panties too! Yea u got more balls then a BIG brass monkey. Well that explains “hard as a rock” Cheers Kate http://www.whyintheworldaretheyspraying.com ballotbandits.com democracynow.com gettinguscovered.com

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kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:26 am

whaT’S UP mICK Indian reservation all across the dust bowl. there r far more than those few chased away from buffalo country RUSSELL moore (more) wikipedia.com MONSANTO has NO indians on their payroll. history of their board members – THE FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION . voter fraud kpig.com jim hightower comments people need to check their reg ballotbandits.com a must. democracynow.com thomhartmann.com Baby GOD bless AMERICAN voters this scandal this offends moral conceptions dishonors malicious DISGRACE chase bank check/picture auto transfer deposit opens wider the doors for ID theft MICK Jagger

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:31 am

At this time the GOP has pd multi millions TAX PAYERS $$ to win this election ROMNEY/ ryan’s ROAD 2 GREECE nuclear arms race israel iran tehran irag eygpt arab muslim countries CHINA Japan USSR RUSSIA a few of the summit meeting attendees being called to order a red alert world wide as the NEW WORLD ORDER ww3 ww4 plans crumble down all around MONSANTO coke brother’s nestle’s KARL rove newts world made of GOLD fed reserve 100 yr records con;t to perplex the smartest economists out here. Mick Jag

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:46 am

My love I have calmed down/ back on the war path thank goodness larry ira perlin stepped up to the batting cage u will relocate today frankly I:M pleased as the immigrant from INDIA displays corrupt corpulence CORPORATION greed corporatize America privatize all services’s is the GOP’s burning BUSH administrative executive duty ADMONISH this adnauseam sickening excessive degree of New World Order EMPIRE will rule be there the richest 400 fortune 500 their servants POOR 7 billion stomp out the middle class. Baby wow this is amazing as we under cover all their tricks or treats. mJag

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Mick r there more 2 add 2 my circle? YES we will send them 2 u all day for the next several (sorry) u r GROUNDED Mick.

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:51 am

The irony of this is how caged in the 1%ers are as their names flood the stock market insiders trading chicago stock exchange was OPEN 9 11 the days 2 follow the mercantile 2. TRILLIONS were made off 911 & climate modification michael murphy http://www.whyintheworldaretheyspraying.com dances the war pow wow he 2 is knocked back by just how much we did not know & today know very well. Mick loving you forever.

kate JAGGER keesler

October 24th, 2012
11:53 am

Mick the finest man in my world & heavens as you know this to b (honey) the truth LOVE SO STRONG baby we MAKE A BEAUTIFUL TEAM when do i get to play wth those brass balls of yours? ASAP Mick.

Say What?

October 24th, 2012
3:46 pm

What in the world has kate JAGGER kessler been smoking? Put the pipe down!