Lee Daniels Working on Another Janis Joplin Biopic with Amy Adams
While Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is working on a Janis Joplin film with Nina Arianda, Precious director Lee Daniels is also in talks to direct a film about the iconic singer who died all too soon. THR has news that Daniels will direct Get It While You Can which has Amy Adams attached to play the rock goddess. Though no specifics are mentioned, it sounds like the film will chronicle just one day in the life of the iconic singer (according to the IMDb page). Since Durkin's Joplin film has been developing for 12 years, there's no telling if it will get off the ground and complete with Daniels' project.
Durkin's film has been said to follow a Rolling Stone writer assigned to write a cover story on the enigmatic Joplin and ends up on a long tour with the singer at the height of her success. Sounds like Almost Famous, but with the real-life Joplin at the center rather than the fictional rock band Stillwater. However, Daniels' film will likely give Adams the whole spotlight as the singer of songs such as Piece of My Heart and Me and Bobby McGee, including her drug problems which actually led to a heroin overdose at 27-years old. Will the day of her death be the one that gets the film treatment? We'll have to wait and see.
However, we're not sure how the music rights are going to shake out for this project. For Durkin's film, producer Peter Newman and his partners have locked down the exclusive rights to 21 of Joplin's most famous tunes. Plus, it's said that Newman also has the rights to Love, Janis, a collection of letters from the singer that was published by her sister Laura Joplin, and the David Dalton book Piece Of My Heart. So we're not sure what music or source material would inform the screenplay by first-time writers Ron Terry and his wife Theresa Kounin-Terry, but if the project takes off, hopefully we'll learn more soon.