Xavier Smith: My Christmas biopic wish list
Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 10:42 PM
I’m not one to overlook Thanksgiving and all the important family and food time involved, but allow me to skip that holiday momentarily.
I know asking anyone in Hollywood to pitch my ideas would be anything but accomplished, but after several debates with friends, I think I’ve compiled my ultimate biopic/documentary wish list.
Biopics have become pretty popular lately and some were awfully done. So for these movies, I would need Tinseltown’s finest to produce them.
1. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, biopic
Sports biopics usually make pretty good entertainment – “Remember the Titans,” “Glory Road,” etc. – so I can only imagine how great a recollection of greatest team in NBA’s history would be.
Think about the elements – Michael Jordan, the greatest player, Scottie Pippen, a great player in his own right stuck behind Jordan and Dennis Rodman, the blonde haired outcast of the league, who happens to be one of the best rebounders ever.
The story on that trio, combined with legendary coach Phil Jackson’s insight would be amazing in my opinion.
2. Marvin Gaye, biopic
I don’t think this needs much thinking.
An iconic musician who was also not shy about voicing his feelings about society.
A cornerstone in the Motown era of music, an in-depth recollection would serve him justice. I vision something similar to “The Jacksons: An American Dream”– a lengthy biopic that covers several aspects of his life.
3. Richard Pryor
Do not waste your time arguing with me about why I think Pryor is the greatest comedian to ever walk the planet.
I won’t listen to any other name besides Pryor.
His acts transformed several aspects of life outside of comedy and his influence is still felt by some of the best comedians, today.
Pryor’s struggles have been well documented in books and documentaries. I would love to see a biopic on the great one. A complex individual like Pryor would need a lengthy biopic to showcase the extreme highs and lows he went through his life and career.
4. Sally Ride
This is probably something I want to see for my own personal education and enjoyment. Ride, I recently discovered, was the first American woman in space. She flew twice on Orbiter Challenger, as well as investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both.
Personally, Ride had a secret life partner (which gives Hollywood that cinematic element it loves).
Nonetheless, I think the movie could potentially be a great product.
Obviously, there are a dozen more biopics I would love to name, but I think this list could hold me over for a year or two. If only I had the magical power to create them all.
Until then, I’ll just keep discovering new ones and appreciating the old ones.
Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.