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Thread started 08/26/18 4:40am

rusty1

Back in 1988, there were rumors Prince might do a “Robert Johnson” or a “Jimi Hendrix” bio-pic

I remember reading that in page six of
The NY post but never seen it ever again.
I think either one would’ve been a cool
move at that time.
What do u all think?
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Reply #1 posted 08/26/18 5:10am

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I don´t know about the Hendrix movie but I remember that there were vague ideas about a Robert Johnson biopic.

Not sure how that would´ve worked out though because I don´t really see Prince playing Robert Johnson, or any other musician besides himself.

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Reply #2 posted 08/26/18 6:23am

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I recall the Jimi story but not the Rob't Johnson. Also, I remember hearing a possilbe Little Richard role.

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Reply #3 posted 08/26/18 7:55am

Graciegirl719

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000000 said:

I recall the Jimi story but not the Rob't Johnson. Also, I remember hearing a possilbe Little Richard role.

Even Little Richard wanted Prince to play Little Richard! Haha

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Reply #4 posted 08/26/18 8:26am

NorthC

Yes, those rumours were going on around that time. Lots of people here compare Prince to Michael Jackson, but back in the 80s, I never really heard that. If he was compared to anyone, it was Jimi Hendrix and when you think of it, he has much more in common with Jimi than with Michael: guitar playing, sexuality, flamboyant looks, mixing rock and soul... So Prince playing Jimi Hendrix sort of sounds like a good idea.
And the story of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil to play the blues perfectly fit with Prince's ideas about the struggle between good and evil in the Lovesexy/Graffiti Bridge period.
But like Kool said, Prince playing another musician... I don't think so. These rumours were short lived anyway.
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Reply #5 posted 08/26/18 9:28am

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00000 said:

I recall the Jimi story but not the Rob't Johnson. Also, I remember hearing a possilbe Little Richard role.


There wasn’t one in development. An interviewer asked him if he ever planned on acting again & he replied “I’d like to play Little Richard”. I think Prince may have wrote down or had an idea for An RJ film though.
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Reply #6 posted 08/26/18 11:17am

williamb610

They were more than just rumors. Shit, I remember the MTV News broadast with Kurt Loder talking about Prince movies, "And the Dawn", "The Robert Johnson Story" and 2 other movie titles that escape me at the moment.

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Reply #7 posted 08/26/18 11:44am

SoulAlive

yep,in late 1989,there was a report that Prince was planning four new movies:

*'Graffiti Bridge'---described as a sequel to Purple Rain

*'The Dawn'---described as a street-oriented sequel to Graffiti Bridge

*'Dark Of The Moon'---described as a documentary on Prince's career

*'The Robert Johnson Story'---Prince would star as the legendary bluesman

His manager at the time was Albert Magnoli and apparently the two of them had major plans for movies.

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Reply #8 posted 08/26/18 11:46am

SoulAlive

Unfortunately,when GB flopped,it basically killed the plans for the other three films confused

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Reply #9 posted 08/26/18 12:14pm

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I remember reading a short news about the Robert Johnson biopic in 1985, as Prince's second and forthcoming movie.
Never heard or read about the Jimi one, though.

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Reply #10 posted 08/27/18 12:14pm

PeteSilas

never heard this.

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Reply #11 posted 08/27/18 1:25pm

SoulAlive

Prince: Back to the Movies - latimes

Prince: Back to the Movies

August 06, 1989|PAUL GREIN

Prince has the movie bug again.

After returning to the top of the charts with his music for the box-office smash "Batman," the renegade pop star wants to return to making his own films.

Prince has four properties in development under his Paisley Park Films, said his manager, Albert Magnoli, who directed Prince's first--and most successful--film, 1984's "Purple Rain."

The two projects that are furthest along are "Graffiti Bridge"--an original, "street-oriented" musical in the vein of "Purple Rain"--and "The Robert Johnson Story." Plans call for Prince to star in both films and for Magnoli to direct.

"The Robert Johnson Story" is a biography of the legendary blues musician who was killed under mysterious circumstances at the age of 21 in 1937. The Rolling Stone Record Guide describes Johnson as "the greatest practitioner of the country-blues genre."

The two other properties in development are "The Dawn" and the "Dark of the Moon," which are also described as "street-oriented" musicals. All four films would be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Prince has appeared in three films to date. He followed "Purple Rain" with the box-office bomb "Under the Cherry Moon" and the critically lauded concert film "Sign o' the Times."

With this emphasis on film making, don't hold your breath waiting for Prince's next studio album. The performer intends to complete production chores on albums by Morris Day and a new group, Flash, and then tour the U.S., Europe and Japan next February through August, but has no plans to record another studio album.

Prince, the Los Angeles-based Magnoli suggests, has tired of playing the chart game and wants to write songs that are part of a larger context.

"What we would like to do is write music for a purpose," said Magnoli, who has represented Prince since January when the latter ended a long-term association with the Los Angeles-based management firm of Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli. "Prince is looking for a vehicle such as a motion picture or a Broadway production with a particular set of themes and attitudes and emotions which music could then be written for."

Prince's plan is radical in an industry in which artists are hardly ever more than one album away from a regular studio album.

"I don't think we need to be tied to any convention," said Magnoli, 35. "As an artist one needs to take challenges. Having the opportunity to work in other areas that you have a gift for but wouldn't necessarily have an opportunity to work in can only enhance your artistry."

Magnoli, who directs Paisley Park Enterprises--a broad-based, Minneapolis area entertainment company owned by Prince--said that it's only coincidental that Prince's last studio album before what may well be an extended hiatus was a commercial disappointment. The 1988 album, "Lovesexy," was his first release in seven years to miss the Top 10.

Said Magnoli, "That's a short-term consideration. We're thinking long-term. The 'Batman' sound track was part of a long-term plan. In January, we sat down and formulated in our minds where we wanted to be artistically and where we wanted Paisley Park to be in the industry in the next five years and the next 10 years. And the 'Batman' sound track was a step towards those goals."

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Reply #12 posted 08/27/18 1:35pm

PeteSilas

funny, as focussed as he was on music, that's how unfocussed he seemed to be, coming up and discarding projects, abandoning other artists careers, cutting short his own promos as soon as they got going. In some ways it'll never make sense, in others it makes perfect sense, once you spend all the energy on something, creating it, usually, you just want to leave it because it's exhausting getting things perfect, just exhausting.

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Reply #13 posted 08/27/18 2:23pm

SoulAlive

The Robert Johnson Story would have been an interesting project.

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Reply #14 posted 08/27/18 2:51pm

NorthC

Especially the music. Prince on acoustic guitar (The Truth avant la lettre) doing a Robert Johnson cover album. Yeah, that would have been the most talked about album of the year!!
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Reply #15 posted 08/27/18 3:05pm

PeteSilas

prince couldn't have played him though, robert was way darker and had a totally different look.

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Reply #16 posted 08/27/18 10:49pm

Musician9

SoulAlive said:

yep,in late 1989,there was a report that Prince was planning four new movies:



*'Graffiti Bridge'---described as a sequel to Purple Rain


*'The Dawn'---described as a street-oriented sequel to Graffiti Bridge


*'Dark Of The Moon'---described as a documentary on Prince's career


*'The Robert Johnson Story'---Prince would star as the legendary bluesman



His manager at the time was Albert Magnoli and apparently the two of them had major plans for movies.


I remember this, it was in Rolling Stone back when they still covered P stories. The photo was him on the hood of his powder blue Beamer, Batdance video outfit.


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Reply #17 posted 08/28/18 12:53am

SoulAlive

PeteSilas said:

prince couldn't have played him though, robert was way darker and had a totally different look.

hmmm

Image result for robert johnsonImage result for robert johnson

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Reply #18 posted 08/28/18 1:01am

SoulAlive

Musician9 said:

SoulAlive said:

yep,in late 1989,there was a report that Prince was planning four new movies:

*'Graffiti Bridge'---described as a sequel to Purple Rain

*'The Dawn'---described as a street-oriented sequel to Graffiti Bridge

*'Dark Of The Moon'---described as a documentary on Prince's career

*'The Robert Johnson Story'---Prince would star as the legendary bluesman

His manager at the time was Albert Magnoli and apparently the two of them had major plans for movies.

I remember this, it was in Rolling Stone back when they still covered P stories. The photo was him on the hood of his powder blue Beamer, Batdance video outfit.

nod I also recall MTV doing a brief news segment about it.I was really excited about this news.Prince seemed very serious about his movie career.Such a shame that Graffiti Bridge ruined all of these (very ambitious) plans confused

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Reply #19 posted 08/28/18 10:36am

NorthC

Not really. Prince was a musician, not an actor.
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Reply #20 posted 08/28/18 11:19am

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PeteSilas said:

prince couldn't have played him though, robert was way darker and had a totally different look.

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Jerome could, though! Prince could play the devil at the crossroads. Mavis could play the wise old sage who tells him not to go to the crossroads. Morris could play "Alfred", Robert Johnson's wise-cracking sidekick.

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Reply #21 posted 08/28/18 11:56am

PeteSilas

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PeteSilas said:

prince couldn't have played him though, robert was way darker and had a totally different look.

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Jerome could, though! Prince could play the devil at the crossroads. Mavis could play the wise old sage who tells him not to go to the crossroads. Morris could play "Alfred", Robert Johnson's wise-cracking sidekick.

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ok, I couldn't even see prince as little richard, looked nothing like him. Eddie Murphy was considering at one point but always asked "how do we shoot the dick sucking scene" other than that, he would have been perfect. Little Richard deserves better documentation of his life, he has only one halfway decent docu that I've seen. I never watched the biopic though.

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Reply #22 posted 08/28/18 2:52pm

SoulAlive

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I remember reading a short news about the Robert Johnson biopic in 1985, as Prince's second and forthcoming movie.

That same year,I read in a magazine that Prince's next movie would be titled Prince Of Darkness and the Morning Star.I'm assuming that this was a tentative title for what became Under The Cherry Moon.

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Reply #23 posted 08/28/18 2:54pm

SoulAlive

bonatoc said:


Never heard or read about the Jimi one, though.

The Jimi story was just a rumor.In 1988,Prince's manager denied that he was planning to do a Jimi Hendrix biopic.Eddie Murphy's name was also attached to this project but I think it was all a rumor,too.

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Reply #24 posted 08/28/18 3:38pm

SPYZFAN1

I'm glad none of those projects happened...I would have liked to have seen "The Dawn" with Magnoli and Blinn brought back in. They probably could have written a good sequel/script involving "The Kid" and dealing with stardom, his father, a new love interest, issues with Morris. etc.

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Reply #25 posted 08/28/18 3:42pm

SPYZFAN1

The Jimi bio-pic rumors go all the way back to 1980-82. I remember hearing on the radio that Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band) was going to play Jimi...I also remember reading (in Jet) about Eddie Murphy playing him to show the "comical side" of Jimi. This was back in 1983 when Eddie owned the world.

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Reply #26 posted 08/29/18 1:41pm

SoulAlive

SPYZFAN1 said:

I'm glad none of those projects happened...I would have liked to have seen "The Dawn" with Magnoli and Blinn brought back in. They probably could have written a good sequel/script involving "The Kid" and dealing with stardom, his father, a new love interest, issues with Morris. etc.

That's the key right there: bringing in skilled people to help with the movie.At some point before GB began filming,Al Magnoli walked away from the project and Prince decided to direct it himself confused

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Reply #27 posted 08/29/18 1:49pm

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SoulAlive said:

SPYZFAN1 said:

I'm glad none of those projects happened...I would have liked to have seen "The Dawn" with Magnoli and Blinn brought back in. They probably could have written a good sequel/script involving "The Kid" and dealing with stardom, his father, a new love interest, issues with Morris. etc.

That's the key right there: bringing in skilled people to help with the movie.At some point before GB began filming,Al Magnoli walked away from the project and Prince decided to direct it himself confused

Prince was hard to work with, even told people when he hired them "even when i'm wrong I'm right" which doesn't make it easy to work with that mindset. He really mellowed but god he was ridiculous, sometimes his own worst enemy. lotta men are like that though, think they know every goddamned thing which is why i try to work alone, get men together and all they do is bicker like women.

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Reply #28 posted 08/29/18 8:45pm

Musician9

SoulAlive said:



bonatoc said:


I remember reading a short news about the Robert Johnson biopic in 1985, as Prince's second and forthcoming movie.





That same year,I read in a magazine that Prince's next movie would be titled Prince Of Darkness and the Morning Star.I'm assuming that this was a tentative title for what became Under The Cherry Moon.


My friend told me that title and I thought he was talking the piss. Also I recall MTV saying Vanessa Williams was rumored to be part of the Dream Factory movie.
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Reply #29 posted 08/30/18 10:59am

bonatoc

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Musician9 said:

SoulAlive said:

That same year,I read in a magazine that Prince's next movie would be titled Prince Of Darkness and the Morning Star.I'm assuming that this was a tentative title for what became Under The Cherry Moon.

My friend told me that title and I thought he was talking the piss. Also I recall MTV saying Vanessa Williams was rumored to be part of the Dream Factory movie.


Hats off to Steve Fargnoli for filling Rock's flash news with nonsense.
It kept the press rolling.

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