There is word going around that the Warner Bros acquired the life rights of the singer, according to various sources. With a lot of successful, as well as unsuccessful documentaries surrounding the past life of incredible artists, people were wondering who will be playing Teddy. As a close friend of Teddy’s, Tyrese seemed like the perfect person to play the role. Tyrese personally knew Pendergrass and with that alone, Warner Bros thought he would be the perfect fit for this role. By fans knowing who is playing Teddy, there is excitement and joy throughout the internet waiting for it to hit the big screen.
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This is the moment we walked out of our “pitch” meeting with Kevin McCormick there was a feeling that the Teddy Pendergrass movie was going to happen……. Warner Bros we are honored to take this journey with you!!!! ( see the link in my bio with the DEADLINE announcement) Honored to take this journey this is a role that I feel I was born to play… Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before died he put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story… So of course being here in this time , space and moment to take this journey with another Philadelphia legend and genius director Lee Daniels, Donald Deline, little Marvin and Kevin McCormick at Warner Bros is an answered prayer all in itself… Teddy I hope we make you, your wife and family proud…: Here we go!!! @littlemarvin @theoriginalbigdaddy @charliemackfirstout here we go!!!!!!!! To Hod be ALL the glory!!!
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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 )