A Second Janis Joplin Biopic May Be Directed By Lee Daniels, Director Of ‘Precious’


So, for whatever reason, there are currently two Janis Joplin biopics in the works. One is titled Janis and will star Nina Arianda, and be directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). The other will star Amy Adams and is titled Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can. Now Lee Daniels is directing this one and considering his work on Precious, Shadowboxer, and Monster’s Ball (which he produced), we can probably expect some pretty intense things. Although the same could be said for Durkin’s production. Luckily, we don’t have to choose between the two because it looks like we’re gonna be getting both! Click inside for deets!

The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

Lee Daniels is in talks to direct Get It While You Can, a Janis Joplin biopic that has Amy Adams attached to star as the queen of rock ‘n’ roll…

Joplin was the hard-living singer behind such rock classics as “Piece of My Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” She crested on the wave of the 1960s counterculture as one of the faces of hippiedom, and she performed at Woodstock.

Joplin, who has influenced artists ranging from Stevie Nicks toFlorence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), died of a heroin overdose in 1970, just weeks after Jimi Hendrix succumbed to his drug demons, giving a one-two punch to the face of the Age of Aquarius…

Daniels, who garnered acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his 2009 gritty drama Precious, followed that up with Southern thriller The Paperboy, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efronand Nicole Kidman and is now in theaters.

Now here’s one major distinction between the two Joplin biopics. Allegedly, the Sean Durkin project with Nina Arianda is the film with the rights to Janis Joplin’s music, so I’m not sure how the Lee Daniels project will ultimately pan out. Still, it’s Lee Daniels and Amy Adams– who I think is kinda underrated. But she’s got roles in The Master, On The Road, Trouble With The Curve, and she’ll be playing Lois Lane in the new Superman flick Man Of Steel, so maybe this is her time to blow up.

What so y’all think of the casting news? Will you be watching either (or both) Joplin biopics?


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