James Brown bio pic expected to be filmed in Mississippi

James Brown (AP)

James Brown (AP)

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A feature film about the life of James Brown is going to be shot in Mississippi, two people with knowledge of the project said Friday.

The individuals spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Mississippi officials said only that Gov. Phil Bryant and director Tate Taylor will announce a movie project Monday in Jackson. They would not release any details.

Rolling Stone magazine reported in January that Taylor had been hired to direct a movie about Brown, who died in 2006. Known as “the hardest working man in show business,” Brown was born in South Carolina.

Taylor, a Jackson native, now has a home near Natchez. He directed “The Help,” which was released in 2011. It was based on a novel by his childhood friend, Kathryn Stockett, and the film was shot in several Mississippi locations, including Greenwood and Jackson.

The Natchez Democrat reported that Mayor Butch Brown recently said a movie could be filmed in the city this fall.

Mississippi lawmakers earlier this year increased the incentives that the state offers to movie makers. The new law, signed by Bryant, says the state could provide rebates of up to $10 million per project for nationally distributed feature films, documentaries and TV shows. It was not immediately clear Friday whether the state would provide incentives for the James Brown movie.

Mississippi approved incentives for 23 film projects in 2012 and about 20 projects so far in 2013, though not all of the projects that were approved have been made.

One movie shot in Mississippi last year, “As I Lay Dying,” was based on a William Faulkner novel. James Franco directed and stars in the movie, which is set for release in September.

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