Don’t hate me for this one but the Julien Temple directed Marvin Gaye biopic ‘Sexual Healing’ starring Jesse L. Martin may not see completion in the near future.
In June, it was reported that money issues, scheduling and location problems suspended filming with only three weeks left on schedule. Crew members were said to have not yet been paid fully at this point for their work on the film.
According to Shadow & Act, the company that initially picked up the project and shopped it at the Cannes Films Festival last year, Focus Features International, also stepped away from the movie.
While reasons for the company’s exit weren’t given, one of the film’s producers points to an apparent cash flow problem with the American investor backing the project, revealing that the funding that was promised by this investor had not yet arrived. He later emphasized patience with the film’s cast and crew, suggesting that the money was indeed coming.
The original scheduled release date for the film was set for the 30th anniversary of the Marvin’s death, April 1, 2014. Watch the first look at the film below.
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