Get Lifted, the production company owned by John Legend, announces that a biopic based on the life of late comedian Bernie Mac is in development.

Get Lifted, John Legend’s production company, announced that they are in the early stages of developing a biopic based on the life of late comedian and actor Bernie Mac. Mac’s career started in comedy before landing his first acting role in 1992’s Mo’ Money. Mac continued playing small parts and even landing the recurring role of Uncle Bernie on Moesha. He began to receive major recognition after Spike Lee’s 2000 stand-up comedy decumentary, The Original Kings of Comedy, which featured sets from Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and Steve Harvey. Mac passed away on August 9, 2008, following complications with pneumonia.

The news of the biopic was announced by Legend’s producing partner Mike Jackson (via THR) at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. He said, “We just partnered with Bernie Mac’s estate to cover Bernie Mac’s story.” Jackson went on to explain that the project would be a film that highlights the life and career of Mac. Legend himself discussed the impact of The Bernie Mac Show, which was based on Mac’s real life, saying.

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