Asked who they have in mind to play the older (heavier) Daniel, Miller says that Johnston fans Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly have reached out to him about the project, while Johnny Depp is also a huge fan of the singer, though the filmmakers would prefer to have him star as Daniel’s older brother, who wasn’t a major figure in the documentary. Hoffman would certainly be an interesting choice, but the mention of Depp sounds like especially wishful thinking, though you never know with passion projects like these.
Miller goes on to say he’s working on a movie with Tim Kasher, lead singer of indie rock bands Cursive and The Good Life, and co-founder of Saddle Creek Records with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame.
Kasher provides a "haunting and beautiful" score for "My Suicide," which also features a kick-ass soundtrack, including original music from Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, MGMT and Mark Mothersbaugh, as well as previously existing tracks from My Morning Jacket, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, The Pixies and most notably, Radiohead, who were the first band to sign on to the project.
According to Miller, Kasher has written a screenplay that he also plans to direct titled "Help Wanted Nights." Rather than mix the music for "Nights," The Good Life would provide a live soundtrack as the film tours theaters.
It strikes me as a fairly ambitious plan, so I’m not sure if any of this stuff will ever actually happen, but it sure does sound exciting. Who would YOU like to see play an older Daniel Johnston?