Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Teddy Pendergrass story and Tyrese Gibson has been tapped to star as the iconic R&B singer.
Tyrese, Lee Daniels and Donald De Line will produce the project and Teddy’s widow, Joan Pendergrass will serve as executive producer on the film. Little Marvin will pen the screenplay.
In a statement, Tyrese gushed:
I am honored to take this journey…this is the role that I feel I was born to play. Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story.
Being here in this time and in this space and moment with Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Little Marvin and Warner Bros is an answered prayer. Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud…Here we go!!
In a post on his Instagram page, Lee Daniels wrote:
So excited about this one!!!!#teddypendergrass 🕺🏿🎤🕺🏿 @tyrese will crush this 🔥… #inthepipeline 😎
If you haven’t watched the Showtime documentary, “Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me.” makes you check it out. It’s GREATNESS!