Friday, June 24, 2011

'I'm Not There' Screenwriter at Work on Brian Wilson Biopic

Brian Wilson hit all the beats found in the outlines of so many rock biopics: he had the abusive father, scored the big hits, did the hard drugs, spiraled down, enjoyed a triumphant comeback. But an artist as unique as the head Beach Boy deserves better than all those predictable biographies about Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Ritchie Valens, The Runaways, and so many others. There has already been a lazy T.V. movie-of-the-week about The Beach Boys, so it's time for Brian Wilson's story to be told with the creativity and imagination of his own avant-pop masterpieces.

The good news is that very movie may be in the works. Screenwriter Oren Moverman, who penned the flawed but fascinatingly fractured Dylan-biopic I'm Not There, is at work on Wilson's story. Producer Bill Pohlad-- who recently brought us Terence Malick's flawed but fascinatingly fractured Tree of Life-- told The L.A. Times he has "no interest in making a biopic" and that the film will focus on important points in Wilson's life without attempting to tell his complete story. Sounds promising.
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