Will we finally be getting a major Janis Joplin biopic? She’s the woman it seems everyone in Hollywood has tried to make a movie about, but yet endless possible projects have fallen by the wayside. However now one is getting some traction, partly thanks to having Amy Adams on board to lend it some weight (but even so it’s been languishing for several years).
Now it has a director, as Deadline reports that Dallas Buyers Club helmer has taken on the movie. He’s the latest to show an interest after previous dalliances with the likes of Fernando Meirelles and Lee Daniels.
Not too much is known about the movie, such as whether it will cover her whole life or just focus on one particular period. With her unusual, alternative style, Joplin became a legend and inspiration to many, before dying from a heroin overdose at the age of just 27.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the film properly deals with Joplin’s bisexuality. There’s a good chance as Vallee is gay and he first came to international attention with the 2005 LGBT coming of age movie C.R.A.Z.Y. (which you ought to watch, if you never have).
The hope is to shoot the Joplin biopic next summer, working from a script by Ron Terry and Teresa Terry.