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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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16.

Nats    

Bob Marley's kids did not take his money...he had not even left a will when he died...but later on all his children got a peice of the pie...if there was was one thing, he never disowned any child he had in or outside of his marriage...His music was about love for everything...and just as how if they wanted to make a film on John Lennon they would have to deal with Yoko and get her blessing they have to get Rita's...

2321 days ago
17.

toytoy    

@RICHARD....I THINK YOU ARE SOMEONE WITH A LOW MENTALITY TO WRITE SUCH A COMMENT IF YOU ARE SO AGAINST BOB WHY DID YOU EVEN READ MUCH AND EVEN WENT AS FAR AS COMMENTING?? YOU ARE A RACIST AND I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU AS YOU MAY NOT KNOW THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT RACE THAT ENJOY BOB MUSIC..HE IS A LEGEND WHAT ARE YOU?

2321 days ago
18.

IslandGrwon    

J.Stone you said it best. Most persons do not realize Bob did not like anybody if they were not Rastas. So all the Blacks, Whites and Asians who thought he was singing for freedom and peace go back and listen carefully the lyrics. Bob did not even like his own jamaican ppl unless they were Rastas.

2321 days ago
19.

wisegirl    

Have you ever seen Harvey Weinstein's wife,Georgina Chapman. They have to be one of the most odd looking couples I've ever seen. Talk about beauty and the beast.

2321 days ago
20.

Here 4 Beer    

Jah Rastafari......Selassie I the most high! Bob Marley 4 life!

2321 days ago
21.

petal    

Finally!! Although i can't stand Rita Marley!!!!!!! I hope BoBs part isn't give to a black American fake accent actor! I am Jamaican and hate hearing that fake crap!

2321 days ago
22.

Food4thought    

I hope they find an AUTHENTIC Jamaican to play this role and not bother with the stupid sounding FAKE-sounding Jamaican accents...SEE Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Grove Back for an example of a horrible accent.
OH, TMZ, contrary to popular belief, Jamaicans DON'T say MON. They say MAN. It's because they pronouce the 'a' as 'ah'---short, rather than drag it out or nasalize it the way North-American countries do, why it sounds like 'MON.'

2321 days ago
23.

nadia    

Bob Marley music is one of the most educated and inspirational music you can listen to and understand every word. He stands up for what he beleived in for himself and his people. He was loved and still loved by many. Bob was very a very educated man and a very, very good soccer player, so don't hate the man. He was the GREATEST!!!!!!

2321 days ago
24.

nadia    

I don't know who informed you that bob did not like his own people, but you need to get your facts straight before thrashing the man. Bob loved everyone black, white green or blue and he was loved in return. Get your fact's before you give any opinion on the subject. On the Island of Jamaica you will not find any discriminating of anyone because of their color or race. Read up on the Island and the LEGEND before opening your mouth.

One love

2321 days ago
25.

Granny Pants    

Don't eat da pig.

2321 days ago
26.

stacie    

Joaquim sang in Walk The Line .....

2321 days ago
27.

Tranzy    

I grew up listening to Bob Marley and now i have the pleasure of listening to his children i would love to see a movie about his life and his legend as in the movie I am legend Will Smith really talks the truth about Bob Marley and it really did touch me and if you havent seen I am legend what are you waiting for it was fantastic. Get the DVD
Anyways Bob Marley is hanging up in my living room and my mother loves him you know her being from the virgin islands and all and my dad is from jamaca anyway Bob Marley is one of the greatest

2320 days ago
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