It’s the first film about the late legend to be approved by his family

Marvin Gaye’s family have approved a documentary about the late musician, titled Marvin, What’s Going On? The film will go into production this year, before being released in 2017, with the Noah Media Group and Greenlight developing the project.

Gaye’s children, Frankie, Nona and Marvin III, along with his former wife Janis Gaye, have all supported and contributed to the documentary, Variety reports.

The film will examine the recording of Gaye’s iconic 1971 album, ‘What’s Going On?’, and be filmed in Detroit, Washington and Los Angeles, as well as featuring “exclusive interviews with some of Motown’s top stars and never-before-seen archive footage unearthed by Gaye’s children and former wife”.

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Gaye’s family said in a joint statement, “We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades.”

Last month Motown Records released the ‘What’s Going On’ 10” vinyl EP to mark the 45th anniversary of Gaye’s iconic song of the same name. The EP also featured a posthumous duet of the track with Motown Records’ BJ the Chicago Kid.