I guess it’s out and about then? Well, I can chat about it then – but just bare in mind folks, this one is a way’s off. Amy Adams, last caught mid-harmony with Patrick Dempsey in “Enchanted”, has agreed to give her lungs a workout again – this time as the late Janis Joplin in a Fernando Meirelles-written/directed biopic.
Adams is merely attached to the project though – and for good reason, she and her partner have just become parents, so Amy won’t be returning to work for a while yet, but more so, this project is still in its infancy stages (a studio – Fox Searchlight – is circling, but is yet to commit, and the script is still being worked on) so it’s no sure-thing yet.
Zooey Deschanel was originally attached to the project – tentatively titled “Janis Joplin : Get it While You Can” – but I believe the producers have had to seek out a bigger name to lure financing and studio support.
Joplin, for our younger readers, was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger who rose to prominence as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She would later find fame as a solo artist, chalking out hit songs like “Piece of My Heart”, “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Summertime”. The Texan died from a drug overdose in 1970.
The film, produced by “Twilight” shepherds Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, would take place over the course of a 24-hour period in Joplin’s life – in this case, as Joplin prepares for a concert.
Filmmakers have been tinkering with the idea of Joplin bio’s for years – Renee Zelleweger was attached to play the crooner at one stage, and more recently, Pink was all set to for a Penelope ‘Wayne’s World’ Spheeris chronicle on the troubled rocker – but I believe, should it come off, that the Adams/Meirelles incarnation will undoubtedly end up a better film than any of the ill-fated previous efforts. Just a gut feeling.