If you were or were not keen on a Beach Boys biopic, you can either blame or thank the upcoming “I, Frankenstein” for its implosion.
Filming on “The Drummer,” the biopic about the final years of late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, was originally slated to begin in June 2012. Then the already cast Aaron Eckhart had to pull out at the last minute citing exhaustion from filming on “I, Frankenstein”, despite having spent six months learning to sing and play the piano and drums.
A year and a half on and the film hasn’t made any further progress. Indefinitely delayed following Eckhart’s departure, producers now say the film’s fate is looking grim. Music supervisor Brad Rosenberger says: “It was a huge blow for us when Eckhart pulled out. There are no plans to make this Dennis Wilson movie now, but I don’t think it would be accurate to say we don’t want a movie to be made.”
It may have continued though, but now the trustee for Wilson’s estate suggests that the project is off altogether. Rep Shelley Surpin says: “The Dennis Wilson Trust can confirm that there is no plan for proceeding with the Drummer project.”
Though co-producers on the project, Wilson’s children were said to be uneasy about the screenplay which contributed to the project’s delay. Though the current script doesn’t look at Wilson’s alcohol and drug addiction, it does show how his hard living cost him his home, his boat and several marriages.