Niambe McIntosh, daughter of late iconic reggae artist Peter Tosh, revealed recently that discussions are currently taking place in regards to having a film done about the life and work of her father.
The film is expected to focus on the period surrounding the 1976 release of his album “Legalize It.” This album was Tosh’s first major sole effort after he branched out from “The Wailers.” Its release coincided with albums by Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, both former members of “The Wailers.”
Work has reportedly begun on the script, however no date has been set for the start of production or the film’s official release.
Niambe revealed that British film director Kevin McDonald was chosen to direct the upcoming film following his recent success with the Marley documentary released last April.
She said, “When I saw the documentary I was so pleased with the way the story was told. He is a really, really great storyteller. He was able to fill so many gaps and answer many questions people had about Bob Marley. In addition, I really loved The Last King of Scotland, which he also directed, another great story.”
Niambe is Tosh’s youngest child and feels a feature film will be the best way to grab the interest of those who do not know Tosh, especially the younger generation.
It is still not clear who will play the role of Tosh in the film, however Niambe says the actor who lands the role must bring a certain dynamism and versatility.
Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh, was one of the founding members of “The Wailers,” along with Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley in the early 1960’s. On September 11, 1987 he was shot and killed at his St. Andrew home in Jamaica. He was 42 years old.
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