There’s a Bernie Mac Biopic in the Works From John Legend’s ‘Gift Lifted’

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There is a Bernie Mac biopic in the work from John Legend’s production company Get Lifted.

Legend’s producing partner Mike Jackson revealed the news during a Q&A with Legend at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. They will be teaming up with the Bernie Mac estate to make the feature film biopic about the legendary comedian.

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“We just partnered with Bernie Mac’s estate to cover Bernie Mac’s story,” Jackson said, seemingly surprising Legend as he said the info was “something that John doesn’t know about yet” and that he was “very excited about” the deal, which “just happened today.”

While further details weren’t John Legend did note that this would be “The Soul Men reunion you all wanted to see.” He was referring to the 2008 film Soul Men, which was Mac’s final role. In the film Legend portrayed Marcus Hooks in the film. He was a member of a soul group whose death prompts his bandmembers, Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (Mac), to try to put aside their difference for a reunion tour.

“It’s about the opportunities to tell a story that you feel are important,” Jackson said.

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Bernie Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He earned two Emmy nominations for his lead performance on The Bernie Mac Show. And on the big screen he starred in films such as The Original Kings of Comedy, the Oceans Franchise, Mr. 3000, Mo Money, Booty Call, Friday, B*A*P*S, Life, The Players Club, Head of State, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Bad Santa, Guess Who, Pride, Soul Men, Transformers, Old Dogs, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

He died at the age of 50 in 2008.

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