It would seem that director Lee Daniels took a liking to biopics while making The Butler this past summer, as he is now close to signing on to another one. The Oscar nominated filmmaker is currently in talks to helm Get It While You Can, the long in development movie about the life and times of music legend Janis Joplin. Even though the movie has never made it to the production stages, the project is legendary for constantly being brought up but never made. It was even the subject of a season-long joke on the NBC series 30 Rock.
THR says that Amy Adams, who recently starred in both Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and the baseball drama Trouble With The Curve, is attached to play Joplin in the movie and they will be working from a script written by Ron Terry and Theresa Kounin-Terry. The film is expected to cover her rise in the music world with songs like "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee," to her death in 1970 from a heroin overdose. While the project is being independently financed, Focus Features has had some talks about coming on-board but nothing has been signed. The project is looking to start filming early next year.
Daniels is just the latest filmmaker to attach themselves to this project, two others being Fernando Meirelles (City of Men) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). Daniels' next, The Butler, will be in theaters next year and has an ensemble cast that includes John Cusack, James Marsden, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams and many more.
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