River Road Prepping Brian Wilson Biopic
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER "Oren Moverman, who wrote the Bob Dylan film 'I'm Not There,' is writing screenplay about the Beach Boys frontman."
VARIETY "Bill Pohlad and John Wells are joining forces on biopic about Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and have tapped Oren Moverman to script. Pohlad's River Road Entertainment announced Thursday that it had secured the life rights of the singer-producer as well as those of his wife Melinda Wilson."
LA TIMES "There are few 20th century music figures as compelling as Brian Wilson. The former Beach Boys producer-singer had a profound effect on a generation of artists and a rich and complicated personal life even by pop-icon standards. Now it looks like his tale will be dramatized on the big screen."
REUTERS "The screenwriter behind the unconventional Bob Dylan film 'I'm Not There" will help bring the life of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson to the big screen. The independent project has secured Wilson's life rights as well as those of his wife, Melinda Wilson."
HOLLYWOOD.COM "In the 'What took so long?' news of the day, Brian Wilson's life rights have been acquired by River Road Entertainment (but he retains the right to live, presumably) -- and more importantly, his biopic is in the works."
DEADLINE "River Road Entertainment announced today that it has secured life rights to Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson as well as his wife Melinda Wilson and is developing a feature film about the singer-songwriter's wild and sometimes rocky life, during which he has battled drug addiction and mental illness and suffered a nervous breakdown while making Smile, the Beach Boys' follow-up to their seminal album Pet Sounds. Oren Moverman, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing The Messenger, already is at work on the screenplay. (Moverman, repped by WME and NY Office, also is working on Universal and Working Title's Kurt Cobain project, so he's in the music biopic zone right now.) River Road founder Bill Pohlad and John Wells Productions will produce the Wilson pic, with Jim Lefkowitz executive producing."