Competing films about the reggae star Bob Marley, above, are sparring over his music and the timing
Competing films about the reggae star Bob Marley, above, are sparring over his music and the timing of their release dates, Reuters reported. The adversaries are the makers of a Weinstein Company drama and a Martin Scorsesedocumentary. Marley’s family, including his son Ziggy Marley, executive producer of the Scorsese film, has refused to license any of his music for the Weinstein film, even though Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The Scorsese documentary is being produced by Tuff Gong Pictures, owned by the Marley family, and Steven Bing’s Shangri-La, which has licensed Marley songs. The family members say they believe the Weinstein drama’s release date, expected to be late 2009, would conflict with the planned opening of their documentary, February 2010. (Marley was born on Feb. 6, 1945; he died in 1981.) Chris Blackwell, president of Blue Mountain Music, publisher of Marley’s music, said he expected an agreement soon under which Weinstein would take a stake in the documentary and agree to postpone its drama.