Scorsese walks out on Marley film

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London, May 22 : Martin Scorsese has quit an authorised documentary about Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley due to "scheduling conflicts", and now the film will be helmed by Oscar-winning film-maker Jonathan Demme.

Demme is thrilled that he has got a chance to work with the Marley family on the film, set to be released on 6 February 2010 to mark the 65th anniversary of the musician's birth.

Bob Marley's son Ziggy, executive producer of the film, is also happy over Demme's participation.

"His empathy with my father's body of work and his unique understanding of the musical documentary form makes me confident that this film will be the ultimate celebration of my father's life," the BBC quoted him as saying.

Demme described Marley as "one of the greatest human beings of modern times".

The 'The Silence of the Lambs' maker expressed hope that the film, being produced by Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment, would be a "worthy vessel" for Marley's "spiritual and musical brilliance".

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.

ANI

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