Historically, Brian Wilson has been the Beach Boy with the most intrigue and media attention, but now that a biopic is in the works on the life of brother Dennis Wilson, that may change. In Wilson’s short life—he drowned in a mysterious accident in 1983, at the age of 39—he married five times (including twice to Karen Lamm, Robert Lamm’s ex-wife), lived with the Mansons, seriously dated Christine McVie, and was the first Beach Boy to release a solo album.
He was also the only Beach Boy that actually surfed.
The 50th anniversary of the band is coming up in 2011, and according to HitFix, filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin are working on a biopic about the drummer’s life, with production beginning in January. Savin will write the screenplay, and Wilson’s daughter Jennifer will be involved in production as well.
The film has not yet been cast or titled, but the filmmakers have secured the rights to Wilson’s songs from his solo career as well as some Beach Boys tunes.