“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros. Pictures are re-teaming for an “empowering” biopic of Arnel Pineda, an obscure homeless Filipino singer who, thanks to a YouTube video, became the lead singer of iconic 1980s arena rock band Journey.
Journey co-founder Neal Schon saw the clip in which he found the rare singer able to reliably replicate the vocals of exited original lead singer Steve Perry.
Pineda helped revive Journey and put the band back in stadium concerts once again. Negotiations are underway to license the original Journey tunes, most written by Perry and Schon. Additionally remake rights to the 2012 doco “Don’t Stop Believin” have also been acquired.
Marty Bowen will produce, and the search for a writer is underway. The film’s greenlight comes hot on the heels of the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” which stumbled with critics but has been a hit with audiences and grossed over $540 million. The Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is on its way next year.