Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesA long-planned Janis Joplin biopic that was to have starred Amy Adams and been directed by Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee has been shelved. Vallee, who is preparing to begin shooting a new HBO series called Sharp Objects with Adams in March, revealed the news in an interview with Collider.
Explaining how he got involved with Sharp Objects, Vallee said, “I was working with Amy Adams on the Janis project that we’re finally not doing, and she invited me to play in her new sandbox, doing a TV series.”
Vallee’s and Adams’ involvement in the Joplin film was announced in November 2014, and the project originally was scheduled begin shooting in mid-2015, but legal battles with the production companies involved in the movie put those plans on hold.
Meanwhile, a separate Joplin biographical film starring Michelle Williams and slated to be directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene filmmaker Sean Durkin is moving forward. According to Deadline, distribution rights to the movie were being auctioned at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The flick is being made in partnership with the Joplin family, and is based on the book Love, Janis, which was written by Janis’ sister, Laura, and features personal letters that the late singer wrote to her family. Those same letters also were the centerpiece to the 2015 Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue.
Joplin died of a heroin overdose in October 1970 at the age of 27.
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