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Amy Adams’ Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic Moves Forward

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ director Jean-Marc Vallee is in negotiations to direct the feature, which would begin shooting next year

Amy Adams and Janis JoplinAmy Adams and Janis Joplin

Amy Adams and Janis Joplin

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The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Francisco with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is in negotiations to helm the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ron Terry, who previously executive produced a TV movie about Jimi Hendrix in 2000, and Teresa Kounin Terry wrote the script; Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, who co-wrote Dallas Buyers Club together, are in negotiations to rewrite it.

Rolling Stone first reported Adams’ role in the movie in 2010, when the film was to be directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles. At the time, it was supposed to go into production in 2011. Indiewire reports that Lee Daniels has also previously been attached to direct the movie.

Get It While You Can is one of many Joplin biopics that have been in various stages of production over the past decade. For close to 15 years, producer Peter Newman has been attempting to make a film simply titled Joplin, with a screenplay by former Rolling Stone contributor David Dalton, and, in 2012, he’d cast Tony Award–winning actress Nina Arianda in the lead role. Previously, Zooey Deschanel, Pink and Lili Taylor have all been attached to play Joplin in the latter biopic.

That film, which IMDb still lists as being in development, centers on a Rolling Stone reporter writing a cover story on the singer and following her on tour. Director Sean Durkin, who made Martha Marcy May Marlene, in 2011, is attached to helm the film.

Also, in 2003, Renée Zellweger was attached to play Joplin in another biopic that has since been abandoned.

Adams is the star of the upcoming Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, in which she plays painter Margaret Keane, whose work was at the center of an art-world scandal involving her husband, Walter. She will appear on Saturday Night Live to promote the movie on December 20th.

Vallee recently finished making a movie titled Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. His latest movie, Wild, stars Reese Witherspoon and will come out on December 5th.

Ron Terry is slated to produce Get It While You Can along with Nathan Ross.

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