Lee Daniels Talks Joplin Biopic


Lee Daniel’s The Butler (and no, I can’t just say “The Butler” because of a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company!) hit theaters last weekend to a surprising reception of $30 million in its first five days. Dealing with racial issues and relations, and spanning the length of the late 20th century, the film tells the tale of a black White House servant and his experiences throughout the years serving under eight presidents. The story is based on the life of real-life White House servant Eugene Allen, who resigned his position in the White House halfway through Reagan’s administration in the 1980s. The director will now be looking to his next project, a biopic on the late rock-n-roll/blues singer Janis Joplin. The movie is titled Get It While You Can and will supposedly feature Amy Adams in the role of Joplin. There are no real details involving a plot or supporting actors, but reports have indicated that the film will be focused on a single day of the singer’s life; kind of like a-day-in-the-life-of-Janis type thing. While some viewers may find a movie whose timeline consists of only one day and is therefore not enough to show prolonged character development, this may be an interesting approach to writing the script, and maybe even more appropriate for an icon like Joplin, whose character has been saturated over the years by stories of drugs, alcohol, and Joplin’s role at the close of the turbulent 1960s. But rest assured, great films have been made that take place in the span of a single day, including Emilio Estevez’s Bobby, and Kevin Smith’s Clerks; I’m sure a day in Janis Joplin’s life will be filled with plenty of material for a full length film.

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