Director confirms film about singer is near completion.
Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald confirmed in a recent interview that his long awaited Bob Marley documentary is near completion. MacDonald told Indie Wire, “I’ve got the Bob Marley film, which I should be finishing up the edit of today. And then the plan is to take it to Toronto.”
MacDonald is referring to the Toronto International Film Festival. While it’s not an official addition yet, The Last King of Scotland director plans to make it one soon. McDonald acknowledges, “Yes, it’s a project with a long history.”
He added, “My involvement with Marley goes back to around the time I was making Last King of Scotland. I was talking to Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, about making a documentary that was tangentially about Marley taking a bunch of rastas on a plane from Jamaica to Ethiopia to the concert—to celebrate what would have been Bob’s 60th birthday. And for various reasons that fell apart, but I stayed in touch with the Marley world.”
MacDonald says he noticed Marley’s influence even during the filming of Last King of Scotland in Uganda. Eventually a producer on the documentary contacted him last year to helm the project. Instead of continuing the director’s other work, MacDonald started over, which he called a “great experience.” He said, “It looks like we’ll get our first taste in Toronto and with Marley touching upon music, politics and culture in a way that very few artists ever do, it should be a fascinating portrait of a man whose influence clearly resonates.”
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