Lee Daniels Will Direct Amy Adams in the Janis Joplin Biopic
With ‘The Butler‘ pulling off a massive victory at the box office last weekend, director Lee Daniels is riding high and has the world at his fingertips. So, how does the Oscar-nominated director of films like ‘Precious’ and ‘The Paperboy’ follow up what looks like his biggest hit yet? With the long-rumored Janis Joplin biopic, of course. With his critical and box office clout (and a star in Amy Adams), he says “for sure” this will be his next film.
Titled ‘Get It While You Can,’ the project has been in development off-and-on for quite some time now, but it was the addition of Daniels and Adams last year that gave the film much needed momentum. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Daniels confirmed that he’s be making his film about the legendary rocker his priority: ”This is my next project for sure. I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.”
Daniels probably could have been a little more elegant in his phrasing there, but Joplin is a fascinating and tragic figure, a music icon who left a major impression before passing away far too soon. On the subject of Adams’ casting, Daniels exclaimed ”Guess what? She can sing her ass off!” Which is, in fact, true (see: ‘The Muppets’ and ‘Enchanted’). Whether Adams can capture the raspy tones of Joplin is a topic for another day.
Of course, Daniels has other things on his plate as well. After ‘Get It While You Can,’ he wants to make a horror movie. That may sound like a massive shift, but it’s just another day in the life of the man who can make ‘The Shadowboxer’ and then get nominated for an Oscar a few years later.