According to published reports, Graham’s own company of Panthera Picture will handle production of the film, while writer, director and producer duties will fall to Maryam Myika Day, Robert Teitel, Rose Ganguzza and Hillary Shor.
Graham has reportedly been lobbying hard to get the picture made, and recently spoke of her deep love and respect the for Motown singer, who passed away at the tender age of 24. “I immediately connected with Tammi and her story in many ways and have felt the incredible need to tell it,” Kat recently told NPR. “Tammi Terrell defined passion and soul itself. I hope to do her justice, while also exposing a whole new generation to her music.”
In the late sixties Tammi was teamed up with Motown legend Marvin Gaye and the two went on to record several hit duets, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need to Get By, Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, and Your Precious Love.
In October 1967 while performing, Terrell collapsed on stage and was later diagnosed with cancer. She passed away in January of 1970, due to complications from the disease.
Previous films of the life of Tammi have been rumored several times in the past, with everyone from Taraji P. Henson to Beyonce reportedly taking on the star’s life. None, however, came to fruition. Let’s hope Graham’s production finally yields results.