Janis Joplin movie to be made, finally!
Hollywood has been trying to make a movie about Janis Joplin for a long time. But Ron Terry, a music-producer-turned-screenwriter may have finally cracked the code.
Terry has been developing a Joplin film for 15 years with a carousel of big-name actors and directors.
All of this could mean that the movie could be in production soon — 45 years after Joplin died of an overdose at age 27.
“This finally feels right,” Terry said in an interview, noting that he’s walked away from large sums of money from studios because he felt they misunderstood Joplin’s legacy. “I’m hoping this it.”
Terry believes Vallée is the right man. The director has a knack for getting difficult projects made. Most important, he has an affinity for music.
“He’s the first one of all the directors I talked to who took it from the music side first,” Terry said of the director. “Everyone else took it from her life and where can we find the emotional chord, which is great, but we’re not even here talking about Janis if not for the music, so it has to start there.”
The film will center on the “interplay of being in a band and the tug of wars” around it. The promoter and manager Chet Helms will be a key part of the story and a juicy role.
Terry also hopes to “re-train” Adams’ voice, putting her through what he describes as a painful process of vocal rehearsals in the spring and early summer so that it reaches the lower register the role requires. She is down for it.