Johnny Cash got one. So did Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, and Patsy Cline. Even Mötley Crüe (!) are set to be immortalized in that Hollywood tradition known as the music biopic. So when will other titans of tune get some big-screen love?
Till now, we were feeling kind of blue about the fact that the jazz great had only gotten the TV documentary treatment. Then we heard that Don Cheadle will star in and direct his life story for the big screen. Sound the trumpets!
Producers hope to release the Grateful Dead singer-guitarist’s biopic on Aug. 1, 2009 — which would have been his 67th birthday. Potential Deadliners? Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, and Sean Penn.
Spike Lee directs the planned-for-’09 James Brown (too bad they didn’t call it The Godfather). No casting yet; we suggest Terrence Howard, who’ll play country-music pioneer Charley Pride in Kiss an Angel Good Morning.
Director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World) will film the long-delayed biopic with Zooey Deschanel (Elf) — who replaces once-rumored stars Brittany Murphy and Pink — about the hard-living singer this fall.
OutKast’s André 3000 (who went by André Benjamin in Idlewild and Four Brothers) wants to play the guitar god, but with music rights to Hendrix’s tunes unresolved, it’s unlikely we’ll soon experience Jimi at the movies.
Forget film: The Queen of Soul’s early days are the subject of a stage musical based on her 1999 autobiography, Aretha: From These Roots. Wanna try out? Open casting calls start May 1 in the Motor City.