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Lee Daniels Says Janis Joplin Biopic Will be His Next Project

August 22, 2013  |  5:45pm
Lee Daniels Says Janis Joplin Biopic Will be His Next Project

After almost a decade in development hell, it looks as though the long-delayed Janis Joplin biopic will finally see the light of day (fingers crossed).

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, The Butler director Lee Daniels, who has been attached to the project since last year, claims that the Joplin biopic will be his next film.

“This is my next project for sure,” he says in the article. “I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.”

Amy Adams is currently set to play the tragic, drug-addicted rock star. Adams has been attached since 2010, when the project was to be directed by City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles. Previous attached stars include Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Catherine Hardwicke.

After he’s finished with the Joplin film, Daniels says he wants to focus on making a screen adaptation of the popular musical Miss Saigon as well as a “horror film.”

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