Variety is reporting that a documentary about the making of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic What’s Going On will be going into production later this year. Marvin, What’s Going On? (note the question mark) will have the support of Marvin’s three children and his former wife, and this marks the first time the family has signed off on a project such as this one.
Marvin’s children issued a joint statement that reads as follows:
“We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing ‘What’s Going On’ album. We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey.
“Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group’s attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before.
“We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades.
“’What’s Going On?’…something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.”