Lionel Richie has set his sights on bringing the life of legendary musician Curtis Mayfield to the big screen. According to Deadline, Richie secured the rights for the forthcoming film from the Curtis Mayfield Estate and will produce the feature through his RichLion Productions company. “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend @CurtisMayfield to the screen!” Richie tweeted. Mayfield first earned fame as part of the soul/R&B group The Impressions, writing their 1965 classic anthem, “People Get Ready.” He struck out on his own in 1970 as a solo artist and record producer, earning a reputation for creating socially conscious music that raised awareness of civil-rights issues in general, and the challenges faced by black Americans in particular.
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