Roy Orbison‘s estate has signed on to co-produce a forthcoming biopic, giving filmmakers unprecedented access to the late singer’s catalog, according to Deadline. The Big O: Roy Orbison will be the first authorized biopic about the late singer.
“My dad’s story is a fantastic journey,” Alex Orbison, son of the late singer, said. “He was so inspiring as a person because, after everything he had been through, good and bad, he still had a positive outlook on life, and was kind and wonderful. The movie will mirror a Roy Orbison song: having triumph and tragedy, sometimes losing the girl and sometimes getting the girl, and ending on a high note.”
Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans, the screenwriting duo behind the 1984 science fiction romance Starman, are writing The Big O. “Our father’s life story has an undeniably cinematic quality to it,” Orbison said. “The telling of it is in extraordinarily capable hands with Bruce and Ray and the overall team that will bring The Big O Finally to the screen.”