By: Renee Grant

After almost thirty years of dispute over his estate and the rights to tell his story, Sammy Davis Jr. is finally getting a biopic, and we have Lionel Richie to thank for it.

Richie was one of Davis’ mentees while he was alive, and by joining forces with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (The Matrix, Deepwater Horizon) and Mike Menchel, will bring the life of the Rat Pack icon to the screen. The film is said to be based on a memoir titled Yes I Can, written by Davis, his wife, and author Burt Boyar. The book was released in 2012.

“It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie says of the project. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”

Davis was born in Harlem to a pair of vaudeville dancers, and the entertainment bug bit him early. He joined the family act, and continued performing all his life, he passed away in 1990.

All of Davis’ children, four sons and a daughter, are said to be in favor of the film.

Are you happy to see Sammy Davis Jr.’s story finally being told?


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