“Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey is finally bringing the long-gestating project to the big screen
Just because I can see Amy Adams playing Janis Joplin in a biopic doesn't mean I actually want to see that movie.
"Twilight" producer Wyck Godfrey dropped the casting bombshell in an interview with FearNet, and now Adams' publicist has confirmed her attachment to TheWrap.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") is set to direct the long-gestating project, which has no studio involved yet, though the screenplay has evidently been through several drafts.
IMDB lists the title as "Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can," and credits the script to Meirelles and Jose Eduardo Belmonte.
This project is apparently different than the "Gospel According to Janis" movie that would've seen Zooey Deschanel playing the rock 'n roll icon on the last day of the singer's life.
Penelope Spheeris was also set to direct a Joplin project at one point, with pop star Pink interested in portraying the late musician.
While Adams has the right look for Joplin and has showcased her vocal chops in "Enchanted," I question whether she has the edge and intensity required to win over Joplin's fans.
Speaking of which, I can only name a couple of Joplin's songs, and that might be a couple more than most people my age (26). A Joplin biopic would probably be aimed squarely at an older audience, not the crowd that Godfrey is used to catering to.
Godfrey says the project could go before cameras as early as this fall, with his Temple Hill partner Marty Bowen overseeing production while Godfrey keeps an eye on Summit's "Breaking Dawn."
Meanwhile, Meirelles is set to direct the sexual drama "360" from a script by Peter Morgan, based on Arthur Schnitzler's play "Reigen."
Adams next stars in David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which Paramount will release in the midst of award season on Dec. 10.
What's unclear is whether the Joplin biopic is fully financed, or if the producers have cleared Joplin's life and music rights, which have been hard to come by in the past.
Adams and Meirelles are represented by WME.
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