SLY STONE STEPS BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
Sony Pictures Entertainment - 03/28/2018
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 28, 2018): Network Entertainment and award-winning filmmaker Derik Murray are pleased to announce they have acquired the rights to produce a feature documentary on the life and enduring legacy of legendary pop-funk-rock star Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly Stone. Production on the film has commenced, with the filming of an exclusive interview with the traditionally reclusive Sly.
“In the annals of pop music, certain artists are more than just innovators and more than just icons. Certain artists are avatars - the manifestation of an idea,” said Derik Murray. "For Sly Stone, that idea was to create a diverse band that embraced a kaleidoscope of musical and cultural styles, that stand unparalleled to this day."
"This collaboration with legendary artist Sly Stone will deliver an epic and important film in the history of popular music," stated veteran television producer, music manager and Co-Executive Producer Ron Weisner. “After refusing the spotlight for decades, Sly has finally opened up to share his amazing story on camera about everything: life, love and music."
Sly Stone's long time representative and Co-Executive Producer, Robert Allan, added "Sly felt it was the right time for him to return to the spotlight and share his incredible journey with the world, and Sly is confident that Derik Murray and Network Entertainment are the best fit to artfully and respectfully tell his legendary story."
“Sly Stone” will trace the musician’s journey from child prodigy to pop music revolutionary to one of music’s most colorful recluses. Classic performances, television interviews and an all-star cast of interviews will bolster the personal, professional and historical dimensions of this epic tale.
Cinematically shot with a distinct visual aesthetic, the feature-length documentary blends artful b-roll with meticulously sourced archival footage and photos, combined with a stunning soundtrack that includes a robust array of Sly’s iconic songs.
The film is the latest from Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray, who is behind a slate of award winning feature documentaries about iconic figures, including Johnny Cash, JFK Jr, Muhammad Ali, Heath Ledger, Bruce Lee and more. Upcoming for Network Entertainment is the premiere of “I Am MLK Jr” on the Paramount Network on April 4, 2018 and the recently announced “I Am Paul Walker,” also for the Paramount Network.
UTA will sell domestic and international rights to the film.
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