The Jackie Jorp Jomp Janis Joplin biopic has a new director. Lee Daniels had been attached to helm a film about the Queen of Rock ‘N Roll for a few years with Amy Adams attached to star, but it now appears that Daniels is no longer involved in the project, as Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée is set to make the untitled biopic his next project with Adams still attached to star and sing all of Joplin’s songs herself. Vallée is also bringing new writers onto the project as well, as his Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club scribes Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack are due to perform a rewrite of the draft originally written by Ron and Theresa Kounin-Terry. More after the jump.
Vallée actually broke the news of his involvement with the Janis Joplin movie a few months ago in an interview with Journal Du Quebec via Metro, which was subsequently spotted by the folks over at The Playlist. The project will be an independent production with a budget of only $15-20 million, and Deadline adds that filming is scheduled to begin in mid-2015.
While I thought Vallée did a fine job on Dallas Buyers Club, his work on the upcoming Reese Witherspoon-fronted Wild really impressed me. It’s a very dynamic take on what could’ve been a bland, by-the-numbers story, and so I’m eager to see what his collaboration with Adams might entail. The filmmaker recently wrapped Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, and Adams has been kept very busy with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actress is next due to shoot Prisoners director Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi film Story of Your Life, and she’ll be seen next month in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.