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Great News for Sammy Davis Jr fans! A biopic is coming and it will be produced by Lionel Richie.

Sammy Davis Jr In 'Tap'

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Paramount Pictures is on board to  bring the movie to the big screen. It will be based on the 1965 memoir, “Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.” written by the Sammy along with Jane and Burt Boyar. Sammy’s heirs will also participate in the project. The biopic will,”Follow Sammy’s career as an entertainer and activist from Vaudeville with his dad and uncle in the Will Mastin Trio. Also the movie will touch on the integrated infantry with Southern whites in WWII. Finally, in the film you will see when he gets his big break in the short film Sweet and Low in 1947 as well as his chance meeting with Frank Sinatra.”

Lionel Richie Debuts 'Lionel Richie - All The Hits' at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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Lionel Richie and Mike Menchel will also produce. Richie shared his excitement saying, “I cannot tell you how excited I am about the signing of the Sammy Davis Jr. project with Paramount. I knew and loved Sammy dearly. He was so kind to me at the beginning of my career and gave me advice that helped me become the artist that I am today. I am so happy for his kids that we can bring his story to the screen.”

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