BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in Get It While You Can, the working title for the biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild and just wrapped Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
They will finalize a distributor shortlym and Dallas Buyers Club‘s Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack — who were Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay — are negotiating to rewrite. Vallee is a strong performer’s director; Dallas Buyers Club led to an Best Actor Oscar for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto. He also has a knack for strong use of music in his movies.
Adams has been attached to play Joplin and has wanted to do this for several years. She’s expected to be in contention for her sixth Oscar nomination for the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes, which the Weinstein Company opens on Christmas Day, and is wrapping Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, reprising her Man Of Steel role as Lois Lane. Ron Terry is producing with Nathan Ross. She next will star in May in Story Of Your Life, the Denis Villenueve-directed sci-fi pic that Paramount Pictures acquired for a Cannes Film Festival record sum in May.
Adams has wanted to tackle this film for years, and she plans to sing Joplin’s tunes. Deadline first reported Adams’ desire to do the film back in 2010, when Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) wanted to direct.
There have been several attempts to mount films about the gravelly voiced ’60s songtress, and a rival project has Nina Arianda attached to star.
WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners rep Adams.