I just rewatched Anna Lucasta the other night…
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios (I didn't know Byron Allen had it like that) has reportedly acquired rights to Sammy Davis Jr's life story from his daughter Tracey Davis, with plans to develop both a feature film AND a stage production.
“On his deathbed, one of the last things my father told me as he put my face in his hands was: ‘Tracy, tell my story. Warts and all’,” said Tracey Davis, and, apparently, Byron Allen is the man for the job.
And, as a star of stage and screen (big and small), singer, dancer, husband (thrice), children, near-fatal accident, conversion to Judaism, hanging out in the White House with presidents, and much more… what a full, stirring life Sammy David Jr led, which could translate into one heck of a film… depending on who else is involved in putting it all together.
“Sammy Davis, Jr. was a phenomenal entertainer, icon, and American treasure whose inspirational story has to be told,” said Byron Allen.
This won't be the first time he's be *represented* on screen; You may recall that Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his performance as Davis in the 1998 HBO film The Rat Pack; also worth notind is that several comedians/actors have impersonated Davis during their careers, like Eddie Griffin, Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Tim Meadows, Tommy Davidson and even Billy Crystal and others.
Maybe one of them will be hired to play him in the film… but likely not.
A lot still has to happen before this is realized, so I won't get too excited just yet. There are a number of other biopics on the lives of black entertainers that have long been in development, and are still in limbo; Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis and Bob Marley most notably.