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Marleys Get Up, Stand Up to Weinsteins

3/24/2008 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two Bob Marley projects are in the works, but only one will be able to use the rastamans's music.Marleys stand up to Weinsteins
The family of the reggae legend, whose dreadlocked mug is plastered on the wall of nearly every freshman dorm room across the country, has a long-standing policy of not licensing his music to any film or tv project where an actor portrays Marley. This includes the Weinstein Co's planned adaptation of Rita Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" - even though Rita Marley (Bob's wife) is an executive producer! Not very irie mon.

Meanwhile Martin Scorsese is set to direct a yet unnamed documentary on Bob Marley - which the Marley family will fully support.

Marley's son Ziggy released a statement saying, "We believe that this project is the best way to represent our father's life from his perspective and any other film project pertaining to our father will be empty without his music to support it." Take that Weinsteins.

TMZ spoke to the Weinstein Co.'s spokesman Matthew Frankel who stated, "We have great respect for the Marley family and... are in discussions to look at ways to mutually benefit both projects."

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28 COMMENTS

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1.

YONKERS, NY    

FIRST!!!

2406 days ago
2.

Kitty    

It's about time! I would love to see a Marley Biopic. Let's just try to get it right.

2406 days ago
3.

Ola    

Well his kids took all his money

2406 days ago
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richard pierce    

I CAN HARDLY WAIT - A MOVIE ABOUT A BUNCH OF GANGA STOKED MORONS IN BAGGY KNITTED HATS AND MATTED DREAD LOCKS . . . THAT'S WORTH GOING TO THE MOVIES FOR, YEA MON!

2406 days ago
5.

Zap    

YAAAWN.... something to do AFTER i get done watching this paint dry....

2406 days ago
6.

frogs and gravel    

Talk about Karma (or coincidence's) I was flipping through
the digital music channels last night when I saw a Bob Marley
video and I looked him up on the Internet. I am not really a
Reggie or Bob Marley fan so the odds of looking him up were
pretty small and now there is a story about him on TMZ

2406 days ago
7.

Fan Since 2007!!!    

Richard Pierce--

It's GANJA not GANGA,
But at least it's not GANGSTA...
He sang only of love and understanding,

We need you, Bob Marley,
And we miss you terribly...

2406 days ago
8.

Ava    

#2Kitty... I agree.. been waiting to see a biopic of marley for a while now
#3 Ola...Really??? You need to brush up on your Marleyisms
#4 Richard pierce...Learn to spell its GANJA..I should kno...Maybe you should try it sometime.. maybe then you you could be enlightened by the good ole weed and stop being an ignorant loser

GO MARLEY!!!! Jah Rastafari!

2406 days ago
9.

X    

Before yall talk about Bob Marley, get your facts right man. First of all, his kids did not take all his money. From what I heard, his estate is sold or partly owned by some law firm in NYC thanks to his wife. So they have access to a lot of his musical catalog. So OLA, and Kileeluo get your facts right. He is the biggest legend ever. Bigger than Elvis, Michael Jackson and whoever because I said so and know so.

2406 days ago
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Shaunman    

No disrespect here, but can we have some of the 30 years of music hiding in the vaults, please? All the re-released re-released music is disrespectful to Bob and the music for which he stands. Of course, I would see any movie on Berhane Selassie, OM, regardless of director, as long is it true to the mission. Roots.

2406 days ago
11.

steve.body    

There is no more to be proud of in a lack of knowledge of Bob Marley and his huge contribution to modern music than there would be in not knowing who Elvis, the Beatles, Madonna, and U2 are. If you're admitting you don't know, your attitude says a lot more about your lack of education than our respect for him. And don't bother with that baloney about it being a generational thing. I know a good hundred 20-somethings who worship the guy. Open your eyes and ears and get a clue.

2406 days ago
12.

cutthecrap    

ONE LOVE

2406 days ago
13.

anduradouche    

#9 post (love,a fan) said it all! THANKS! This 58 year old woman loves Bob's music and what it stands for!

2406 days ago
14.

eric von whitie    

Bob's music is awesome however when people attack other races over it then the value of it all gets lost. Just listen and drink some red wine and chill. long live Jamaica Mon!!

2406 days ago
15.

killbush    

i love the old man!

2405 days ago
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