There are few 20th century music figures as compelling as Brian Wilson. The former Beach Boys producer-singer had a profound effect on a generation of artists and a rich and complicated personal life even by pop-icon standards. Now it looks as though his tale will be dramatized on the big screen.
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."
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