Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is following up his Oscar-winning directorial debut, “Summer of Soul,” with another music documentary. The Roots drummer and bandleader will be tackling the story of singer/songwriter Sly Stone, according to Variety.
The “Untitled Sly Stone Project” synopsis describes the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer as an artist who was “breaking all the rules at a time when doing so was extremely challenging, even dangerous.” Stone led his Sly and the Family Stone band to critical and commercial success starting in the mid-1960s with hits like “Dance to the Music,” “Stand,” “Everyday People,” and “Family Affair.”
The documentary will also focus on Stone’s dark times and inner demons that led to his taking a decades-long hiatus from music after 1982. Thompson is thrilled to be directing the project since Stone greatly influenced him and his peers.
“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA,” said Thompson. “It’s a Black musician’s blueprint. To be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.”
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MRC Non-Fiction will helm the project. Zarah Zohlman and Shawn Gee of Thompson’s Two One Five Entertainment will produce the film. Common, fellow Oscar-winner and frequent Roots collaborator, will executive produce the movie via Stardust Films, along with Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of ID8 Multimedia.
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