By Dana Rose Falcone
Updated May 14, 2015 at 07:59 PM EDT
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Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Alan Wenkus will write the screenplay for an authorized George Jones biopic titled No Show Jones, EW has confirmed.

“George Jones literally saved country music when rock and roll almost swallowed it up,” Wenkus told The Hollywood Reporter. “He had such an entertaining life. It’s got it all. Love, loss, redemption, and a lot of whiskey … basically everything George was singing about.”

Wenkus worked with Jones’ widow Nancy, who is executive producing the project, in addition to conducting in-depth interviews with Jones before he died at age 81 in 2013. Jones entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 following a 40-year career that began in the 1950s. He struggled with alcohol and substance abuse and a rocky marriage to singer Tammy Wynette. Nicknamed “No-Show Jones” and “The Possum,” Jones is best known for hit country songs such as “White Lightning” and “She Thinks I Still Care.”