“I am honored to take this journey… this is the role that I feel I was born to play,” Gibson said in a statement. “Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story.
Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud… Here we go!!”
Tyrese Gibson will also produce with his Voltron Pictures with “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels and Donald De Line through De Line Pictures. Warner Bros. has hired Little Marvin (creator of Amazon’s upcoming “Them”) to write the screenplay. Teddy Pendergrass’ widow, Joan Pendergrass, is an executive producer.
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Lee…… And Teddy Pendergrass born and raised in Philly this has a different significance to it… Honored!!!! Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the life rights to the Teddy Pendergrass story for Tyrese Gibson to star- The iconic Philadelphia born R&B singer/songwriter. Gibson will produce Voltron Pictures along with Donald Deline (Ready Player One) via his De Line Pictures studio banner. Lee Daniels, creator of the hit series Empire and director of The Butler and Precious is attached to direct and produce. The studio has tapped Little Marvin (creator of Amazon’s series Them) to write the screenplay. The story will chronicle the amazing life journey of Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, who rose to initial fame in the early 1970’s as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes before skyrocketing to stardom as a solo artist. After releasing four consecutive platinum albums between 1977 and 1981 (then a record for an African-American R&B artist), which included numerous hits such as his #1 selling R&B single “Close the Door”, Teddy Pendergrass firmly established himself as a top male sex symbol in music. But on March 18, 1982, he lost control of his Rolls Royce on Lincoln Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia and his career was suspended after a near-fatal car accident left him a paralyzed from the chest down. He would continue his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007 and established the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help those with spinal cord injuries prior to his death in 2010. Gibson, a multi Grammy nominated singer, is currently shooting Black & Blue for Sony Screen Gems and will soon begin shooting the ninth installment of The Fast and the Furious Franchise- rose to prominence after being hand-picked by John Singleton for the title role in Baby Boy and his subsequent feature film, Four Brothers. He gained significant international acclaim with key roles in the Transformers and Fast & Furious franchises – both of which have grossed over 5 billion each at the box office. Other credits include Black Nativity ( see the full press release link in my IG bio )