Timothée Chalamet-led Bob Dylan biopic paused indefinitely
With its director wrapped up in a blockbuster project and pandemic protocols creating a number of challenges for some of its elements, the Timothée Chalamet-led Bob Dylan biopic has officially been put on hold indefinitely, according to Collider.
In an interview for Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, director of photography Phedon Papamichael revealed that while he is reteaming with James Mangold (Ford v. Ferrari) for the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, he doesn’t believe the drama centered on the 12-time Grammy winner is “dead,” but rather is “a tough one to pull off in a COVID era because it’s all in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes, so you’ve got lots of hair and makeup.” Despite this, however, Papamichael hasn’t confirmed whether talks are ongoing to outright cancel the project.
Going Electric will chronicle Bob Dylan’s rise in folk music and sudden transition to rock ‘n’ roll. The film will also see Dylan’s interaction with 1960s’ music legends which include Joan Baez, and Seeger. The Fox Searchlight-produced film includes the rights to the Pop Culture icon’s music rights and to author Elijah Wald’s book titled Dylan Goes Electric.
The film will be executive produced by Dylan along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Andrew Rona. Jeff Rosen, who is Dylan’s longtime manager has also signed on as a producer with Mangold, Veritas Entertainment Group’s Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen, Automatik’s Fred Berger, and The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman also set to produce.
Chalamet recently starred as Laurie in Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of Little Women and will next be seen in Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded epic sci-fi film Dune starring alongside Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. Chalamet is also part of the amazing ensemble cast for Wes Anderson’s forthcoming comedy-drama The French Dispatch.
Coming off from the critical success of Ford v Ferrari, this project will mark Mangold’s second musical biopic as he first directed the award-wining 2005 Johnny Cash-June Carter biopic film Walk the Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. His other notable film credits include Girl, Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, and Logan with the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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