The life of legendary crooner and entertainer Sammy Davis Jr is to be made into a movie, OSCAR-winning actor Denzel Washington has announced.

TRAINING DAY star Washington has written the foreword to the paperback version of author WIL HAYGOOD's IN BLACK AND WHITE: THE LIFE OF SAMMY DAVIS JR, which will be published in April (05).

This year (05) marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of the star, who died of throat cancer in 1990.

In his essay, Washington not only claims the book "changed my life" with its revelations of "all the sacrifices that had to be made (for Davis) to live and to endure such a life", but says he optioned the film rights to the tome and plans to bring it to the screen with A Beautiful Mind producer BRIAN GLAZER.

He writes, "It will make (a) great, inspiring movie."

17/02/2005 09:42