There have been a fair few movies about James Dean (although none that’s been a massive success), and now Control and The American director Anton Corbijn wants to add to the list, as THR reports he will helm Life, a biopic about Dean and the friendship he formed with Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.
Stock was an up-and-coming photographer who took a gig in the early 1950s with the Magnum agency to shoot an emerging actor called James Dean. The two men soon connected, with their friendship being charted through the iconic photos taken over the course of their friendship, which included a road trip from Los Angeles to New York and Indiana. This trip occurred just before Dean became a star. A few months later, Dean died in a fatal car accident.
It’s not known whether the film will suggest Dean was bisexual, as many say he was, or whether it will straighten hilm up.
It seems a good fit for Corbijn, who’s famed as a photographer as well as directing movies and music videos.
Life is eyeing a $10-15 million budget, with filming planned for early 2014. Expect to hear about ‘cool’ young actors lining up to play Dean soon.