George Jones Biopic in the Works

Film was in development before country singer's death

June 19, 2013 10:20 AM ET
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George Jones, known as "the greatest voice in country music," will be memorialized in an upcoming biopic. The movie will chronicle Jones' rise to stardom and his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Dennis L. Baxter will write and co-produce the film, along with 28 Entertainment's Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman, according to Billboard.

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The film was in development before Jones' death in April, with Jones and his wife Nancy working with Baxter for years. "Over the years we have been approached to make George's life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately," Nancy Jones said in a statement. "George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story. Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production."

Baxter said he had been closely working with Jones on the film, and that the singer had hoped to see the movie before his death. "George's career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world," Hoffman said. "We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen."

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