The Tree of Life" producer Bill Pohlad and veteran television writer and producer John Wells ("ER," The West Wing") have teamed to develop a drama based on Wilson's personal and professional story. They've acquired life rights from Wilson and his wife, Melinda, and hired Oren Moverman, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind the offbeat Bob Dylan film I'm Not There," to write a script.
Though the filmmakers have yet to decide which periods of Wilson's life their as-yet-untitled movie will depict, they say they will focus on specific eras instead of retracing the musician's entire life. I have no interest in making a biopic," Pohlad said. What's fascinating to me is to look at the different elements in his life, like that super-creative period when he was doing 'Pet Sounds' and the later part when he was redeemed."