'Dallas Buyers Club' Director Boards Amy Adams' Janis Joplin Biopic

November 21, 2014
Source: Deadline

Amy Adams / Janis Joplin

For years now, Amy Adams has been more than a little interested in getting a biopic about iconic rock star Janis Joplin off the ground. Reports have been circling since 2010 when Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) was going to direct, and a couple years ago Lee Daniels boarded the film, back when it was being called Get It While You Can. However, now the film scripted by Ron & Theresa Terry is untitled and has a new director. Deadline reports it will be Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-March Vallee behind the camera, fresh off his buzzed work on Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, another likely Oscar contender. Read on!

Previously, the project was said to only chronicle one day in the life of the singer of songs such as Piece of My Heart and Me and Bobby McGee. But maybe it will employ flashbacks on the day her drug addiction finally led to a heroin overdose at 27-years old. One thing's for sure, and that's Adams will do her own singing as Joplin. However, since there was another Joplin biopic in the works a couple years ago with the exclusive rights to 21 of Joplin's most famous tunes along with 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 what is this other project working from? We'll find out.

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    Hell Yeah. I see an Oscar in her future.
  • Stergios
    She's so due for an Oscar that it ends up ridiculous. Can't wait to watch Amy as Janis Joplin!
  • Terry Craig
    Would be awesome if I could only imagine Adams with Joplin's voice, because I totally can't. Still probably gonna be good tho.
    • Reznik
      Yeah I don't see it either.
    • She might have to drink about 90 bottles of whiskey and gargle with smashed glass. Janis Joplin had some voice, quite a tragic life, but her music was incredible.
      • Terry Craig
        Agreed, she's one of my favorite rock/blues singers. Adams is a great actress, but this casting is almost like casting Hugh Jackman to play Tom Waits.
  • kitano0
    I love Amy, but that's some weird casting. I am not going to hold my breath, though. There have been so many different Joplin projects that have started, including one that was supposed to star Rene Zelleweger, who supposedly can sing just like Janis.




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