Lee Daniels Will Follow up THE BUTLER with His Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams; Talks about Other Future Projects

     August 22, 2013


A little under a year ago, we reported that Lee Daniels was in talks to direct the biopic, Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can with Amy Adams attached to play the late singer; the story would focus on a single day in Joplin’s life.  Daniels’ latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, had a successful opening weekend at the box office, and he is now set to make the Joplin biopic his follow-up.  The director tells THR, “This is my next project for sure.  I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.”  He goes on to say that Adams, “can sing her ass off!” which isn’t surprising to anyone who saw Enchanted.

Daniels also went on to say that following the Joplin movie, he wants to do a screen adaptation of the musical Miss Saigon, “And then — I want to make a horror movie!”  He says that like he hasn’t made one.  Having seen The Paperboy, I can say that he’s already made something pretty horrific.

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  • Alex Hajna

    Jesus… Why do you like to find some way to bash a person or a movie in every article you write? You’re getting worse and worse, Matt. Just stop with the negative criticism in every god damn article. It’s not funny, it just makes you look like an asshole.

  • doctor_robot

    adams is too good looking to play joplin. joplin was pretty… homely, putting it nicely.

  • carl napolitano

    Here is the movie, like very other rock bio pic…

    i am broke and a nobody!

    I am rich and famous!

    I am famous and a drug addict!

    I am dead!

    Watch the doors, ray, pick a elivs bio pic, name it its been done so formula that whats the point.

    and honestly Janis Joplin…cant we sum up her life in a 25 minute VH-1 behind the music special?!?!?

    THERE IS ONLY ONE ROCK BIO PIC …Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story!!!!

  • Viels

    Jackie Jorp Jomp

  • Nate B.

    She’ll be a better Joplin than she was a Lois Lane I’m sure, just a bit of makeup to ug her up a touch and the Oscar nomination should be all but secured.

  • whiskey_river1

    Good grief…AMY ADAMS????

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    So have any of you seen his “Butler” ? How was it ?

    • Alex Hajna

      It was okay. It was too drawn out, and got pretty boring at parts. And there was no real conflict within the story, other than the overall conflict of racial diversity and whatnot. But the performances were great.

      • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

        Ah, thanks! There’s been quite a few movies focused on race this year, and since I’ve seen all the others, I’m going to wait a bit to hear about 12 Years a Slave.

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