Marvin Gaye's Family On Board for 'What's Going On?' Documentary

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Marvin Gaye photographed in 1970. 

Marvin Gaye's family has approved a forthcoming documentary called Marvin, What's Going On? that will focus on the creation of the late singer's 1971 classic effort What's Going On. The film, which is being developed by Noah Media Group and Greenlight, will be "the defining portrait of this visionary artist and his impeccable album,” per the film's producers.

"We would like to express our excitement about the upcoming documentary feature film about our father and the creation of his amazing ‘What’s Going On’ album," Gaye's children -- Nona, Marvin III and Frankie Gaye -- told Variety in a statement. "We are proud that his relevance remains intact, and we look forward to being a part of this cinematic journey."

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“Our father was complex, but we are confident that with Noah Media Group’s attention to detail and their dedication to the truth, the positive, inspirational and aspirational aspects of his life will be handled and shared with the world in a way never seen before," they added.

What's Going On? was released at the height of the Motown era during a tumultuous time in America which saw the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Vietnam War.

The documentary is expected to go into production this year and will shoot in Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington. What's Going On? will also feature never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with Motown's "top stars."