Lee Daniels in Talks to Direct Janis Joplin Biopic, JANIS JOPLIN: GET IT WHILE YOU CAN; Amy Adams to Star

     October 16, 2012


While there was previously a Janis Joplin biopic in the works (the one simply titled, Joplin), another project centering on the Queen of Rock n’ Roll is attracting some big names.  Reports have director Lee Daniels (Precious) in talks to helm the project, titled Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can. Amy Adams (The Master) would star as the late singer in a pic that focuses on one day in her life.  The script was turned in by producer Ron Terry and his wife Theresa-Kounin Terry.  Hit the jump for more. 

THR reports that janis-joplinDaniels is being sought to helm the independently financied Joplin biopic with producers eyeing an early start.  Daniels made waves with his 2009 film, Precious, and went on to direct the Southern-fried thriller, Paperboy.  His current picture, The Butler, based on the life of long-time White House employee, Eugene Allen, is currently in post-production. Adams, who was recently seen in The Master and Trouble With the Curve, has a number of projects lined up for the coming year.  They include Andrew LevitasLullaby, Spike Jonze’s Her and, of course, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.  Add portraying Joplin to that list.

Joplin, a singer who rose rapidly in the psychedelic 60s, had such memorable hits as “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart” and her only number one single, “Me and Bobby McGee.” She played at the famous Woodstock festival in August of 1969 as one of the headliners.  Sadly, a little more than a year later, Joplin passed away from a drug overdose, only about two weeks after Jimi Hendrix died. 

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  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    Adams will be great in this but in truth I wish they’d cast an actress a little less attractive to play Janis. Amy’s pretty but Janis was not. But Charlize played ugly in Monster so we’ll see.

    And no, I’m not saying Janis was ugly.

  • J.R.

    Looking forward to this project sound great and Amy Adams will probably be in the mix for the Oscars when this is out……

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