Director Lee Daniels is in talks to take charge of a new Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams as the tragic 1960's rock and blues legend.
Robert Katz and Andrew Sugerman are producing along with Ron Terry, who wrote the screenplay with his wife, Theresa Kounin-Terry. Jay Tobin is exec producing.
Joplin was the hard-living singer behind such rock classics as "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee." She crested on the wave of the 1960s counterculture as one of the faces of hippiedom, and she performed at Woodstock.
Joplin, who has influenced artists ranging from Stevie Nicks to Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), died of a heroin overdose in 1970, just weeks after Jimi Hendrix succumbed to his drug demons, giving a one-two punch to the face of the Age of Aquarius.
The path to making Joplin’s story on the big screen has been a long one, with numerous actresses, directors and film companies showing interest over the years. At one point, Renee Zellweger and Brittany Murphy were attached to projects on Joplin, while directors Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke have been on board to oversee past Joplin films that never made it to completion.
Actress Amy Adams is to star as Ms Joplin...If Amy can pull this off she'll likely win an Oscar. This part is a dream role for the right actress. The make up people have their work cut out for them to make Amy look like Janis!
Joplin is best known for her classic tracks ‘Piece of My Heart’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ She passed away in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose. Despite her short tenure in music, Joplin’s impact was definitely felt. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Adams has seen her star rise in Hollywood in recent years. She earned Oscar nominations for her roles in ‘Junebug’ and ‘Doubt’ and has appeared in such box office hits as ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ ‘Enchanted,’ ‘Julie & Julia,’ and ‘The Muppets.’ In addition to ‘The Master,’ Adams also starred in the recent Clint Eastwood film, ‘Trouble With the Curve.’
Director Lee Daniels
Janis died from a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27. RIP Pearl... My favorite Joplin tune.... Half Moon..