Image Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Eugene Gologursky/WireImage.comWriter-director Robert Saitzyk (White of Winter, Godspeed) is developing a movie “inspired by” (READ: names have been changed to avoid the lawsuit) the final days of the Doors frontman Jim Morrison. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, titled The Last Beat, will star Shawn Andrews (Dazed and Confused, City of Ghosts, pictured), as Jay Douglas, “a famous American rock star in the early ’70s, as he navigates his relationships with two women in Paris — a glamorous French Countess named Clemence and his California ‘soulmate,’ Valerie Eason.” The project is being described as similar to Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, which presented a fictionalized version of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s final days.
Jim Morrison’s “Get my kicks before the whole s—house goes up in flames” rock-n-roll attitude is such a perfect expression of youth angst and abandon that nearly every American teenager goes through a Doors phase, discovering both the songs and the man who sang them some 40 years ago. Baby Boomer counterculture guru Oliver Stone tackled Morrison and the Doors with his 1991 movie, which featured Val Kilmer doing an apt representation of the Lizard King. But as with most Stone movies, The Doors felt as much about the director as it did the band or Morrison. His movie covered the Doors as a huge, sweeping story that started out in art school and wound up lifeless in a Paris bathtub, so a smaller project focusing specifically on Morrison’s mysterious last days, wandering le rues de Paris making music with street musicians, is definitely a fun, intriguing idea.
My one hope for Saitzyk’s movie is that he does not focus on the conspiracy theories that swirl around Morrison’s death to this day. Did he die of asthma? Heroin overdose? Murder? It doesn’t really matter any more. Way better to present Morrison’s actual death as simply “The End” of the movie, and not the whole point.
Anyone kind of excited to see what they do with this project? Think Andrews has the swagger and charisma to pull off Jim Morrison?