“Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild” director Jean-Marc Vallée is in talks to direct the long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic “Get It While You Can,” which has Amy Adams attached to star.
“Dallas Buyers Club” writers Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack are also in talks to do a rewrite on the script, which has an original draft by Ron and Theresa Terry. An unnamed financier is also set to finance the project, which has no distributor attached yet.
“[Vallée] is the best. He really is,” Terry, who was a friend of Joplin’s and is also a producer on the project, told TheWrap. “He’s the best guy I’ve ever dealt with in this business. I’m a music guy, he’s a music guy, so we have a lot in common.”
Nathan Ross, Vallée’s producing partner, is also a producer on the film.
Adams, who will be doing her own singing in the biopic, had been vying for the chance to play Joplin for years, even when the project had other stars attached — first it was Brittany Murphy, then Renee Zellweger.
“She said, if anything happens, here’s my number, call me,” Terry recalled about Adams’ interest. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
Vallée is currently getting ready to release “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and will next segue to post-production on “Demolition,” which will also be released through Fox Searchlight in late 2015.