FONU2, Inc. announced Tuesday it will be producing a documentary on James Brown, “the Godfather of Soul,” in association with RKA Entertainment LLC and Loochie Records and Publishing LLC.
Rolling Stone magazine has cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time. The documentary will feature proprietary concert footage from Brown’s last live performance ever, interviews with friends and family, along with interviews from current music celebrities discussing how Brown influenced them.
In addition to the concert footage, some of the themes of the film will include his battles against racism, his patriotism and support of the troops during the Vietnam War, and the multi-generational impact, influence and popularity of his music.
Terms of the agreement include shared rights on up to 16 never before released songs performed by Brown. It is anticipated that a number of these songs will be featured in the documentary, along with an accompanying soundtrack.
Production of the film is expected to begin in November.
In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres. Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa. Brown recorded 16 singles that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Brown also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach No. 1. Brown has been honored by many institutions including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Brown is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone‘s list of its 100 greatest artists of all time.