What Are They Waiting On?!15 Biopics That Desperately Need To Be Made

February 12, 2013 ‐ By M A


Every year there are plenty of odes to some of the world’s most prominent people. This past year it was Abraham Lincoln. It was Alfred Hitchcock. It was Margaret Thatcher. But who should be next to have their life story told on the silver screen? Madame Noire makes its picks for 15 legends who deserve some cinematic recognition.

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  • lois

    Joyce Bryant needs a bopic played by Fantasia

  • Jay

    Why did y’all pick out that picture of Aretha? Couldn’t find any good ones???

  • Summy

    I find it hard to believe that out of 15 people that desperately need a biopic of their lives, that only one wasn’t an entertainer. I think, with the exception of just a few of these choices, that there are much more important stories that should be told.

  • Simba711

    There is Liz Taylor bio. It’s called “Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story.” It was a mini series. Liz was still alive when it was made. I own it.

  • Gehan

    It’s really amazing the twisted concepts Black&White producers take on our Legends. 1st they said movies about us don’t make money hopefully a $25M opening for The Butler will change that quick as long as no one ask BET to do it. We don’t value the truths within our brilliant American legacy. For example did you know the first woman on American radio was a Black woman from Detroit who also opened, owned, and operated a world famous music label with her brother, during the same time period as that shown in The Butler. This pair released the first five recordings of The Beatles to America and wrote and released the Duke of Earl. At least Halle bought Dorothy to us. What these other people are thinking I have no clue. Our Heritage is the most valuable commodity we have when handled correctly.

  • lisa

    Miguel should play PRINCE

  • Keisha Samoht

    Hmmm… I coulda sworn i said Michael Jackson needs a redo for that terrible biopic that had Flex Alexander lookin like a fool with that make up when it got to him around the Bad era…

    • shame on you

      that was real bad shame on you ”Flex” not only did you de-fame Micheal and yourself in was in very poor taste…he was so much more and you made a ”JOKE”

  • LNS

    We need a New Edition movie!

  • NaturallyInspired

    I’m sorry but J Hudson should NOT be portraying Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston…yea she can both sing n act BUT voice wise she’s not in the same range as Aretha, Fantasia has more of the Aretha soul…I ain’t tryna see her loose even more weight to try n play Whitney either! and voice wise again she is no Whitney, that role needs to go to an up n coming singer…they need to go sit n listen to some gospel singers to find a Whitney…IJS

    • shame on you

      Monia can do Whitney ???????

    • Keisha Samoht

      Fantasia may have a more soulful voice to portray Aretha, but has her acting skills improved?

    • her

      I know this was awhile ago, but did you see Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Aretha Franklin on the BET Honors? Jennifer DEFINITELY has the range to play Aretha. Not knocking Fantasia, but Jennifer can do it.

  • queen

    I would like to see the florence ballard biopic, from the supremes. The true story….

  • misty

    What about james brown?

  • FromUR2UB

    An Alfred HItchcok biopic? Must see that.
    I would watch biopics on all those subjects. I don’t want to see any cheapo Lifetime productions of them though. I expected James Brown would be on the list. That’s one I really want to see.

  • HoneyDipp

    I vote Taraji P. Henson for Pam Grier…. And I can def see Terrence Howard as Rick James.

  • voiceofreason37

    Lynn Whitfield has already portrayed Josephine Baker, but I would love to see a more modern take on her iconic life.

  • Kelly

    They should do one on prince!!

    • NaturallyInspired

      HELL YEA!!!

      • shame on you

        who do you think can become the ”PURPLE ONE”??????????

        • lisa

          ‘let my love adorn you’ Miguel could become the PURPLE ONE

  • Roseet23

    Rihanna doesn’t have the voice or looks for Whitney Houston

    • Simba711

      Nor acting talent.

  • Guest

    At one point Jesse L. Martin was supposed to be lead for the Marvin Gaye biopic. I think he is a better choice than Lenny Kravitz. He’s an accomplished Broadway and television actor and physically resembles Marvin more than Lenny. I love Lenny but I don’t think he’s right for Marvin Gaye!! An unknown with super talent should play Whitney!! I read somewhere that her daughter wants to play her which would be a disaster!!

    • shame on you

      Jesse L. Martin is the only person to become Marvin Gaye…i love Lenny to he to short

    • Keisha Samoht

      I hope Jesse reconsiders cause he looks just like Marvin

  • Buttafly

    They did have one for Janice Joplin. Starring Bette Midler callled “The Rose”

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  • NeaJ

    If Halle Berry gets the part of Aretha (which I read she doesn’t want) would she wear a fat suit? Cause I doubt she’s gonna gain the 300 pounds needed to play that role. She already has her Oscar so she’s not beat for that

    • psylocke_2001

      Aretha wasn’t big her entire life.

  • LC

    I still think they should just groom a random actress for the Whitney Houston biopic despite singing ability. (i.e. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner – killed the part! Didn’t have to sing.)

    • shame on you

      so very right the right cast makes a great movie…

    • Keisha Samoht

      ok, good point…

  • ReShay

    The first picture looks like Alicia Keys. She should play whoever she is.

    • Lonnie

      Yea. I’ve never seen this photo, of Ms. Horne. She does look like her

    • Lola

      Alicia has stated that she def wants to play Lena Horne, so I hope it happens.

    • Jay

      “Whoever she is”. Miss, your ignorance is showing…

  • Keisha Samoht

    Marlon Wayans was in the runnings to portray Richard Pyror too. I thought he had it…