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A biopic for Sammy Davis, Jr. is officially in the works. According to The Jasmine Brand, the film will be based on the 1965 memoir, Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. The site reports that the biopic will, “Follow Sammy’s career as an entertainer and activist from Vaudeville with his dad and uncle in the Will Mastin Trio. Also the movie will touch on the integrated infantry with Southern whites in WWII. Finally, in the film you will see when he gets his big break in the short film Sweet and Low in 1947 as well as his chance meeting with Frank Sinatra.” Lionel Richie and Mike Menchel will produce the biopic. Richie spoke on the upcoming project and said, “I cannot tell you how excited I am about the signing of the Sammy Davis Jr. project with Paramount. I knew and loved Sammy dearly. He was so kind to me at the beginning of my career and gave me advice that helped me become the artist that I am today. I am so happy for his kids that we can bring his story to the screen.”