Ann Wilson of the ’70s and ’80s pop-rock group Heart says a music biopic about the band is in the works for Amazon Studios and that “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein is writing the screenplay. An individual with knowledge of the project additionally confirmed the news to TheWrap.
Wilson spoke with the SiriusXM show Volume West over the weekend and said there’s a film biopic in the works, adding that the script is currently being written with a first draft already completed.
“Sleepless in Seattle” producer Lynda Obst is attached to produce the film, which focuses on the “Barracuda” band’s journey from childhood up through the 1990s. The film is currently untitled and is in early stages of development, but is described as an intimate and honest look at the life of the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy.
While Wilson said Brownstein will also direct the film, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap that Brownstein is only penning the script. No director has been attached.
Further, Wilson hinted that Anne Hathaway was among the names floated to play her in the film, though she said “no one that’s right” has emerged so far. The individual told TheWrap, however, that no decisions have been made about the cast.
Brownstein, known for “Portlandia” and as the guitarist of Sleater-Kinney, most recently starred, produced and co-wrote the film “The Nowhere Inn” with St. Vincent. The film, a meta-documentary and comedy that stars Brownstein and St. Vincent as versions of themselves, premiered at Sundance earlier this year and was meant to be included as part of the SXSW Film Festival before the fest’s cancellation due to the pandemic.
Listen to a clip of Ann Wilson discussing the Heart biopic here.