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Michelle Williams in talks to play Janis Joplin in new biopic

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michelle-williamsShe has already played Marilyn Monroe and now it looks like Michelle Williams is set to take on another legend as she is in talks to play Janis Joplin in a biopic called Janis.

The film is based on the biography Love, Janis by her younger sister, Laura Joplin.

Here is the book synopsis:

Janis Joplin blazed across the sixties music scene, electrifying audiences with her staggering voice and the way she seemed to pour her very soul into her music. By the time her life and artistry were cut tragically short at the age of 27 by a heroin overdose, Joplin had become the stuff of rock–and–roll legend.

Through the eyes of her family and closest friends , we see Janis as a young girl, already rebelling against injustice, racism, and hypocrisy in society. We follow Janis as she discovers her amazing talents in the Beat hangouts of Venice and North Beach–singing in coffeehouses, shooting speed to enhance her creativity, challenging the norms of straight society. Janis truly came into her own in the fantastic, psychedelic, acid–soaked world of Haight–Asbury. At the height of her fame, Janis’s life is a whirlwind of public adoration and hard living. Laura Joplin shows us not only the public Janice who could drink Jim Morrison under the table and bean him with a bottle of booze when he got fresh; she shows us the private Janis, struggling to perfect her art, searching for the balance between love and stardom, battling to overcome her alcohol addiction and heroin use in a world where substance abuse was nearly universal.

At the heart of Love, Janis is an astonishing series of letters by Janis herself that have never been previously published. In them she conveys as no one else could the wild ride from awkward small–town teenager to rock–and–roll queen. Love, Janis is the new life of Janis Joplin we have been waiting for–a celebration of the sixties’ joyous experimentation and creativity, and a loving, compassionate examination of one of that era’s greatest talents.

 

Clara Brennan is working on the current draft of the screenplay and Peter Newman, who has long held the rights to many of Joplin’s catalog, will produce alongside Borderline Films, Uncommon Productions, Interal, and Seven Hills Productions.

Looks like they have got all the rights so we won’t be getting a 30 Rock Jackie Jormp-Jomp type scenario.

Via The Tracking Board

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