The Grateful Dead Getting 'Across the Universe' Musical Treatment

November 23, 2011
Source: Deadline

Grateful Dead

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.

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I agree 100% with your assessment of across the universe. The whole time i kept feeling like the story was interfering with the actual music, only to find afterwards that there was hardly any story anyway!  that being said, im excited for this new project!

Jay z on Nov 23, 2011


Will need more drugs, tits and heart attacks than Across The Universe. 

Lebowski on Nov 23, 2011


No Way. Across the universe is killer. The induction center scene alone is worth the price of admission. The movie stands up to repeated viewings. Only Baz Luhrman did it better, and not by much.

Scottst on Nov 24, 2011


Across the Universe was quite good, a little canned but entertaining. The Grateful Dead were far more musical than the Beatles.  Look forward to seeing this when it comes.

Ramundo on Nov 25, 2011


The Grateful Dead world is far more experiential than the Beatles world was, for fans. I'm sceptical that a decent representation of the "psychedelic Haight-Ashbury hippie spirit of the late 60s and early 70's" will be convincingly captured by a film and covers of GD tunes. But please, prove me wrong!

Uncle Hoppkorv on Nov 26, 2011


And the trip to conitnues to be a long, strange one.

Deadyonder on Nov 28, 2011

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