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Johnny Depp to produce Muscle Shoals TV series

Muscle Shoals

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp is to produce a new drama TV series based on Rick Hall’s autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame.

The actor has closed a deal with IM Global Television, Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment to deliver the series.

Inspired by the true-life roller-coaster story of legendary record producer, songwriter, publisher and musician Rick Hall, founder of the modern day “Muscle Shoals Sound,” the show will chart his extraordinary career establishing FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Muscle Shoals became the epi-centre for recording some of the most iconic songs in history under the vision and inspiration of the Grammy Trustees Award-winner Hall.

Some of the legendary musicians from an all-star list of artists who created beloved and popular hit music classics at FAME include Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, and Arthur Alexander.

The story has already provided the inspiration for a critically-acclaimed [and brilliant] documentary, Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg Camalier.

IM Global Television plans to work with partner company IM Global Music to make the songs themselves a focal point of the series.

Commenting on what to expect, IM Global Music President David Schulhof said: “Muscle Shoals is the spiritual breeding ground for some of the most iconic songs recorded in American history. The songs recorded at FAME Studios would later be embraced and recorded by artists around the world for generations to come. We’re proud to share this epic journey and expect an incredible soundtrack to accompany this story.”

He was joined by Virgin Produced CEO, Jason Felts, who said: “Muscle Shoals is an important story that transcends music. We are pleased that this incredible project has found the right partner in Mark Stern and IM Global who share our passion and commitment.

“This moving story about Rick Hall, the pioneering artists and the ‘Muscle Shoals’ sound that still resonates today, taps into Virgin’s music origins and possesses the makings of a great limited series.”

And Christi Dembrowski, President of Infinitum Nihil, added: “Muscle Shoals is an extraordinary story in which, through adversity, some of the world’s most amazing music was created. It is perfectly suited for Infinitum as it combine’s Johnny’s love of music and its history and our company’s creative mission to tell these stories. We are excited to be working with such a great group in bringing Rick’s stories of Muscle Shoals to life.”

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