The first movie documentary about Motown Records with founder Berry Gordy’s active participation is in production, for release in 2018. The Story of Motown will focus on the birth of the company in 1958-59 through to its relocation to Los Angeles in 1972.
The film will feature new and exclusive interviews with Gordy and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as rare performances and behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from Motown’s vaults and Gordy’s personal archives. It will chronicle the company’s enormous success and enduring cultural impact.
The Story of Motown is directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, and produced by Fulwell 73 and Universal Music Group’s Motown Records and PolyGram Entertainment. Principal photography of the feature-length documentary is now under way. Its first trailer was premiered Feb. 11 in Los Angeles and introduced by Berry Gordy during the 2017 Grammy Showcase event hosted by Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge.