Four Davis Jr. Movies On The Way
Late actor/singer SAMMY DAVIS JR. is the subject of no less than four upcoming movies.
The life of Rat Pack legend Davis Jr., who died from throat cancer in 1990 at the age of 64, will form the basis of two biopics, one movie about his romance with actress Kim Novak, and one feature-length documentary.
One biopic is being brought to the big screen by his widow Altovise Davis and is based on his 1965 memoirs Yes, I Can.
A rival biopic has also finally been given the go ahead, following negotiations with the Davis estate, and is based on his second set of memoirs, 1989's Why Me?. That film is being produced by Chicago filmmakers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Elsewhere, according to The New York Times, a feature documentary is being made based on Yes, I Can, while music promo director Earle Sebastian is teaming up with rapper Damon Dash to shoot Sammy and Kim, about Davis's controversial inter-racial relationship with Novak.