A Janis Joplin biopic has been in the works for years with numerous directors from Fernando Meirelles to Lee Daniels attached at various points.
The last update came two years ago when “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee came onboard to direct and actress Amy Adams was slated to star. Speaking with Collider this week, Vallee confirmed the project is dead for both him and Adams at least.
Vallee recently shot the “Big Little Lies” limited series for HBO which airs shortly, and will team with Adams on a film adaptation of “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” as his next project. Sadly whilst discussing both, he revealed the end of their involvement in the Joplin project:
“We’re starting [Sharp Objects] very soon. I committed to that before [HBO limited series] ‘Big Little Lies.’ I was working with Amy Adams on the Janis [Joplin] project that we’re finally not doing, and she invited me to play in her new sandbox, doing a TV series.
And then, Reese [Witherspoon] came and said, ‘I want you to come do this first, since that’s not ready.’ I said to Reese, ‘Okay, I’ll do Episodes 1 and 2 because I won’t have time [to do more]. I have to do ‘Sharp Objects.’ And then, here we are.”
“Sharp Objects” has Adams as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the killings of two young girls, and in the process faces her own demons.