River Road Entertainment announced yesterday that it has acquired Brian Wilson’s life rights, as well as his wife Melinda’s, to begin developing the Beach Boy’s biopic.
Oren Moverman, co-writer and director of The Messenger, has signed on to write the screenplay. The screenwriter is no stranger to musician biopics, as he scripted the 2007 Bob Dylan film I’m Not There, and is currently working on the Untitled Kurt Cobain Project.
Bill Pohlad, River Road founder and The Tree of Life producer, will produce the biopic, while Jim Lefkowitz will executive produce.
The company, according to The Hollywood Reporter, said that the film “will take an unconventional look at Wilson’s unique musical process as well as his struggles with mental illness, and how he managed to persevere as an artist with the love and support of his wife Melinda.”
Wilson and The Beach Boys have already been the subject of several Hollywood projects, including the 2000 made-for-television movie The Beach Boys: An American Family, and the documentaries Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times and Songwriter 1962-1969.