A biopic of Janis Joplin has been one of those projects that never seemed to be able to get off the ground. It came close at one point with Zooey Deschanel in the title role (I would have loved to have seen that), and other actresses have come and gone, but it’s just never worked. It seems now though that ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ filmmaker Sean Durkin has cracked the code, according to Deadline here. He’s got Tony Award Winner Nina Arianda as his star, and it’s looking like a possible 2013 Oscar contender. After the jump you can see a little more information on the project (which is simply titled ‘Joplin’), but count me in!
Here’s a bit from the article:
Joplin will be made for a budget under $20 million, with production to start early next year, said producer Peter Newman, who with his partners have spent the last 12 years trying to put an indie film together with rights that include exclusive use of 21 of Joplin’s best-known songs. He said Arianda will sing Joplin’s tunes in the film, and that she has the chops to do justice to Joplin’s signature gritty sound.
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