After years of legal disputes, a biopic of the singer Sammy Davis Jr. will finally be presented on the big screen. Allegedly in 2012, one of his daughters sold the rights to make a biopic to two different companies and later on, one company to the other to court for $35 million. The suit was thrown out of court. There were reports in 2013 that Lee Daniels will direct a biopic for HBO, but that fell through as well. A documentary, film and TV series were announced in 2015, and yet nothing was finalized.
Still, the new film is coming out, and it is based on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. The list of producers of the movie includes Mike Menchel, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Lionel Richie (Photo: Anthony Mooney / Shutterstock).
“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Lionel Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”
Sammy Davis Jr, who performed in the army during the World War Two had a great number of successful albums. He converted to Judaism, lost his eye in a car crash, and he was a victim of segregation.
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