I think we might have officially hit the saturation point with musician biopics, but Lionsgate seems to think there is room for one more. Variety announced that Lionsgate Films have joined with Gospel music star Kirk Franklin for the film version of his autobiography Church Boy.

The film will be co-produced with Franklin's Fo Yo Soul Entertainment; the company also includes a record label and youth ministry. Lionsgate's production rep stated that they had been looking to expand what they called "faith-based" properties. Franklin's film will be based on his experiences as a troubled youth, his religious conversion, and finally his success as a modern gospel artist. Franklin blended Gospel music with elements of hip-hop and R&B to become a platinum selling artist. It would appear that Franklin is truly a solo act as he will not only produce and star in the film, but he also plans on composing the soundtrack. Lionsgate Music Publishing has put a deal in place with Franklin for the music for the film.

Since Franklin looks to be busy for the next little while, the film is probably a long way off from production. Until then we can add Franklin to the list of Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, and Brian Wilson for biopics trying to cash in on a little Ray-style success.
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