It was reported four months ago that duelling Janis Joplin pics are in preparation — one called Janis, about Joplin’s last six months of life (May through October of ’70) with Michelle Williams in the lead role.
There was another Joplin project that had been kicking around for six or seven years called Get It While You Can with Amy Adams attached or signed to play the fabled blues singer. But that ship has apparently sunk, according to relatively recent alleged statements by Adams and formerly attached director Jean Marc Vallee.
Would anyone in possession of a recent PDF screenplay for either project please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t care if Get It While You Can is dead — I want to read it anyway. Thanks.
Janis will be directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and produced by Peter Newman, who reportedly holds the rights to a good portion of Joplin’s music catalog and written materials. Before Williams came aboard Zooey Deschanel, Pink and Lili Taylor were going to play the Jop.
Get It While You Can had been starting and sputtering for years due to lawsuits and whatnot. Fernando Meirelles, Lee Daniels and Vallee were all going to direct at various stages in the journey. It would have apparently covered the whole sprawl of Joplin’s life from her miserable early days in Port Arthur, Texas to her accidental heroin-induced death on 10.4.70.