The Inside Story: Deanna Brown talks court battle, James Brown movie deals

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Deanna Brown discussed who might play her father in an upcoming movie. (WRDW-TV / March 14, 2012)

Deanna Brown discussed who might play her father in an upcoming movie. (WRDW-TV / March 14, 2012)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 14, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- What do you think of Eddie Murphy as the Godfather of Soul? Deanna Brown is giving us the Inside Story about a possible movie in the works about her father.

She opened up about her family's court battle in News 12's weekly radio segment on 96.3 Kiss FM with Fattz and Cher. Before giving us the scoop on the latest with the James Brown estate, she weighed in on the newly-heated race for sheriff.

"It's a man's world, but it wouldn't be nothing without a woman or a girl," said Deanna with a smile. "Maybe I need to throw my hand in there. That's what's missing ... a woman to pretty this thing up."

Not this woman, though. Deanna is fighting a heated court battle with one focus: payback.

"Yes. That's a good way of putting it," Deanna said. "Words of the Godfather himself."

The family has asked a judge to reconsider the house arrest sentence for Brown's former trustee. David Cannon is accused of mishandling Browns funds.

"We're talking about $7 to $10 million that you say was squandered?" we asked Deanna.

"Yes," she replied. "We know that we probably won't get all of that back. It's about what was done wrong to be fixed and made right."

The family is also focused on preserving their father's legacy.

"We have two or three deals on the table for a movie," Deanna said. We have not made a decision."

"We hear Eddie Murphy says he would love to play James Brown," we noted.

"And so would I," she said with a smile.

Brown said there's one problem with stars like Murphy.

"I know dad had very serious concerns about a comedian playing him," Deanna said. "Dad said, 'Nothing in my life was funny.'"

Deanna went before a judge this week to ask for that reconsideration. She expects an answer in the coming days. Deanna says her father wanted LeVar Burton to play him on the big screen.


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