Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Final Janis?

Janis Joplin sure has proven to be one tough nut to crack for Hollywood.

If memory serves, at one point or another, everyone from the late Brittany Muphy to Oscar winner RenĂ©e Zellweger to Amy Adams to Tony winner Nina Arianda (Florence Foster Jenkins) tried to star in a life story of the legendary ’60s singer without anything to show for it.

Perhaps, then, three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams will succeed where they could not?

The Manchester by the Sea actress is circling Sean (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Durkin’s long-gestating Janis, a biopic based on Love, Janis, a biography by Joplin’s sister, Laura, to which Arianda was attached four years ago, btw.

The tome used letters from the singer to family and friends to chronicle her rise to fame, how she dealt (or not) with it, as well as her battles with alcohol and heroin (Joplin joined the 27 Club in 1970).

Here’s to hoping this one takes.

I mean, it really is time La Joplin be introduced to a younger generation in a meaningful manner, no?


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