Thelonious Monk estate “condemn” biopic starring Yasiin Bey

“No one in the Monk family is involved with this project, and we truly condemn this effort”

It was announced yesterday that rapper Yasin Bay, formerly known as Mos Def, will play the late jazz musician Thelonious Monk in a new biopic film. Thelonious. Less than 24 hours later, Monk’s estate is revealed to “condemn” the film as unauthorized.

TS Monk, the musician’s son and head of the company running the Thelonious Monk estate, told hay-stalker Both “the project and its announcement are completely unauthorized!”.

“I hate the script and I control the music in Thelonious’ catalog,” Monk said. “Nobody in the Monk family has any involvement with this project, and we truly condemn this effort.”


Thelonious It is currently set to start production in the summer of 2022. In a statement from the film’s producers, the film “will focus on”[Monk’s] Struggles for musical success, mental illness, and a spiritual love triangle between his wife, Nellie, and one of the world’s richest women, Nika Rothschild.

in an emailed statement to Rolling stone, Bey described the monk as “a leader”. a god. A figure in space. A person from the community of devotion who leads a simple life away from the society”.

A director is yet to be confirmed for the film. Composer Peter Lord Moreland wrote the screenplay, and will spin out the film through his production company Jupiter Rising Film, which he co-founded with Alberto Marzan.

On Bey’s casting in the starring role, Marzon said: “When her name came up, there was a silence I’ll never forget. We all imagined her.”

The producer said that Bey “lives her life with a vibe not easily found in Hollywood, because she’s not Hollywood, absolutely empty”.


Monk, the second most recorded jazz musician after Duke Ellington, was respected for his groundbreaking improvisational style. In 2006, the composer was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “a body of distinguished and innovative musical composition that has had a significant and lasting impact on the development of jazz”.

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