As Lee Daniels’ The Butler is pulling off a financial victory at the box office, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious and The Paperboy) has lined up his next project. As you may recall, Lee Daniels attached himself last year to a Janis Joplin biopic titled Get It While You Can with Amy Adams attached as the lead, and now he says that the film will be his follow-up to Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Daniels confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter about his plans to make a film about the legendary rocker. “This is my next project for sure,” Daniels said. “I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.”
Surprisingly, this’ll be the first major film to be based on Joplin, a music icon who made an impact before tragically passing away from an overdose in 1970. The film has been in development on-and-off for several years before Daniels jumped on board to direct. Amy Adams boarded the project back in 2010 when City of God and The Constant Gardner director Fernando Meirelles was set to direct. Other names that were once attached to the project include Catherine Hardwicke and Renee Zellweger.
Daniels is confident about Amy Adams portraying Joplin in his film. “Guess what? She can sing her ass off!” Daniels said. Which, in fact, is certainly true as she proved in Ella Enchanted and The Muppets. Adams’ voice will have to become a bit raspier though for her portrayal of Joplin.
Production for Get It While You Can expected to begin sooner rather than later. Of course, Lee Daniels is already planning ahead. “After Joplin, I’m hoping to get Miss Saigon off the ground. And then I want to make a horror movie!” Daniels said. Make sure to check more updates on Get It While You Can as they come our way.