Loosely attached to the project for years, five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams is finally set to star as Janis Joplin in a big screen biopic that Deadline today reveals will be directed by fellow Academy Award nominee Jean-Marc Vallee.
Joplin, who rose to fame in the late ’60s (first as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist), had her life tragically cut short at age 27 due to a heroin overdose. The film was, at one point titled Get It While You Can after Joplin’s iconic cover version of the Howard Tate song. “Get It While You Can” was one of three hit singles the year following Joplin’s death, alongside “Cry Baby” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” The film appears to be without an official title at the moment, however.
Scripted by Ron and Theresa Terry, the project was at one time eyed by Precious helmer Lee Daniels.
Vallee, nominated for last year’s Dallas Buyers Club is already looking at early awards buzz for his latest, Wild, the Nick Horby-penned adaptation of Cheryl Stayed’s emotional memoir. He’s also already completed production on his next feature, Demolition. Featuring a “Black List” script by Bryan Sipe, the romantic drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
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