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Dre, according to a report from Variety Monday, is now in the "early stages" of putting the production together. Most notable, however, is the fact that Dre has already reportedly secured the rights to Gaye's music via Sony/ATV. While F. Gary Gray and James Gandolfini have been behind previous efforts at getting a Gaye biopic in motion, Dre's marks the first time the Gaye family has given the go-ahead. A Jamie Foxx-backed limited TV series secured rights back in 2016 but has since stalled.
This March, the Gaye estate came out on top in the controversial "Blurred Lines" case appeal. A $5.3 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams was upheld by a 2-1 federal appeals court vote, citing so-called "broad copyright protection."
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