Brazilian company RT Features has acquired the film rights to Bob Dylan‘s 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. Although the album carries a theme of heartache, not all of the tracks are downbeat. Yes, there’s the wistful “Shelter from the Storm”, but there’s also the jaunty “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts”. Critics have claimed that Blood is based off Dylan’s separation from his third wife (even his son, Jakob Dylan, has said “The songs are my parents talking.”), but in his autobiography, Dylan said that the song were inspired by the short stories of Anton Chekov.
The press release doesn’t state how producers Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro envision the movie, and no director is currently attached. I’m hoping the filmmakers edge away from the autobiographical (I’m Not There is the definitive non-documentary Dylan movie) , and while I’m not necessarily opposed to an Across the Universe approach (even though I think that movie is terrible), it’s difficult to force a narrative around tracks without the plot coming off as contrived. But Dylan’s songs have always had an element of storytelling, and “Jack of Hearts” could probably serve as the basis for its own movie. Hit the jump for the press release.
RT FEATURES ACQUIRES FILM RIGHTS TO
BOB DYLAN’S BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
Los Angeles, CA April 4, 2012 – RT Features, an internationally recognized feature film production company based in Brazil, has acquired the rights to adapt Bob Dylan’s seminal 1975 album Blood on the Tracks into an English language movie. The deal was announced today by RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro, who will produce the film.
Teixeira and Loureiro will now look for a director with the unique vision to fulfill on screen what Dylan accomplished in the studio with such well-known songs “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” and “Shelter from the Storm.”
“As long time admirers of one of the greatest albums in the history of music, we feel privileged to be making this film,” said Teixeira. “Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans.”
Dylan’s 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks was released by Columbia Records in January 1975. Certified Double Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK, the album topped the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks following its release and Rolling Stone ranked the album within the Top 20 of all-time.
As part of their plan to move into developing and producing English language films, RT Features most recently announced STRIP, which they are producing with Thunder Road Pictures, and THE GAMES OF 1940, a co-production with Kennedy/Marshall which will be written by David Seidler and Luca Manzi.