Rumors are flying regarding the much-talked about Janis Joplin biopic - and if it will ever get off the ground. The idea has been in the works for more than a decade, but so far nothing.
Rumors are flying regarding the much-talked about Janis Joplin biopic - and if it will ever get off the ground.
The idea has been in the works for more than a decade, but so far nothing.
I’ve been eagerly waiting to see who will play the late legendary singer, but so far it has been a who’s-who in Hollywood.
Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for Best Actor for his spot-on portrayal of Ray Charles in the critically acclaimed 2005 film “Ray.” It’s plausible to think the same success could come for a movie about Joplin as well.
In 1999, Lili Taylor was offered the role. Taylor seemed like a good fit, but I couldn’t see her pulling it off.
In 2003, Zellweger was offered the part for the never-made movie “Piece Of My Heart.” As much as I like Zellweger, I just couldn’t see that panning out. She’s an awesome actress, but somehow I think the role should go to someone who can actually sing. Am I right?
Zellweger’s plans fell through, and Pink became available. That was in 2004, and the biopic title had been changed to “The Gospel According To Janis.”
Pink’s a great singer, full of angst and power, but not in a Joplin-y way to me. I could have better seen her playing Joan Jett in “The Runaways” instead of Kristen Stewart. Pink would have rocked as Jett, and could have sang the music to back it up.
In 2006, Zooey Deschanel became the frontrunner (which means the movie has been sitting on a shelf for quite some time).
It’s now 2010, and still no Joplin biopic. But we have a new favorite for the role:?Amy Adams. This time, it looks like it might be a go.
Production has been set for later this year. The film’s title is now “Get It While You Can.”?That would be a good working title for a documentary about the actresses up for the part of Janis.
Adams has made quite a name for herself starring in such films as “Julie & Julia,” “Enchanted” and “Leap Year,” but can she pull off Joplin? I don’t know.
I think Hollywood is overlooking a few contenders for the role. For this ever to work, the person would have to be the whole package. I would have liked to see the role go to Kelly Clarkson or Joss Stone. Both could easily adapt to the madness of what Joplin was, encompassing her raw style, essence and singing prowess.
If it doesn’t work out for Adams, maybe Clarkson or Stone could have the job for a while. Or maybe it will be Crystal Bowersox’s turn to take another little piece of the part now, baby.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.