Sam Cooke’s family has authorized a biopic to be made about the legendary soul singer. The film will be anything but ordinary and will be scripted as a “murder mystery” rather than a traditional biographical film such as Get on Up or Walk The Line.”For years, people have been coming at us to do a movie about Sam. But [producer Romeo Antonio] was the first person who sounded like he wanted what we wanted: the truth to come out about my uncle and his death,” Eugene Jamison, Cooke’s cousin, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Sam Cooke was shot and killed at the age of 33 by Bertha Franklin following an argument in the motel that Franklin managed. Franklin was never charged for the murder, and Cooke’s untimely death was considered a “justifiable homicide.” The Cooke family feels differently about the homicide, believing that it was because of Sam’s involvement and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.
Sam Cooke is often considered one of the greatest artists of all time and had a wide variety of hits including “Twistin’ The Night Away” and “A Change is Gonna Come.” The circumstances of Cooke’s death have consistently been questioned, and this biopic hopes to examine the story in greater depth.