The Grateful Dead Getting 'Across the Universe' Musical Treatment
After putting together a deal that allowed for the use of no less than 20 tunes for The Beatles inspired musical Across the Universe from Julie Taymor, Deadline reports literary agent Bruce Kaufman is putting together a similar deal with access to the entire musical catalog of The Grateful Dead for another narrative feature film structured around the iconic band's music. Kaufman is working closely with trusted colleagues of the band including archivist David Lemiux and Mark Pinkus, the general manager of Grateful Dead Properties at Rhino Entertainment who has exclusive management of the band's intellectual property.
There's no word on what kind of story might be woven with the band's music, but I'm hoping it's pieced together a little better than Taymor's venture with The Beatles' music. While the covers of each song were fantastic and well worth a purchase of the soundtrack, the story that brought them all together left something to be desired. Taymor couldn't decided if she wanted to make some kind of art installation or an actual narrative film and the two sides clashed rather than fusing together most of the time. The film is apparently looking to capture the psychedelic Haight-Ashbury hippie spirit of the late 60s and early 70's, so it should be quite a trip for Deadheads and musical fans alike.