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Janis Joplin will be coming to the big screen courtesy of Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin

Jul. 10, 2012by: George Merchan
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Filmmaker Sean Durkin made some waves last year with his excellent debut film MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE starring Elizabeth Olsen, about a woman who flees an abusive cult and the struggles she faces while attempting to reintegrate into a normal existence. Durkin walked out of Sundance with the award for Best Director for his efforts.

Today, Deadline reports that Durkin will next direct the long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic JOPLIN, and that Tony award-winning actress Nina Arianda ("Venus In Fur") will be making her screen debut as the 1960s rock icon. If you'll recall, other (better known) names that have been circling the coveted part these past few years include pop singer Pink and everyone's favorite deer-in-headlights cutie Zooey Deschanel (not to mention Amy Adams and Renee Zellweger, though they were up for a rival project).

JOPLIN, reportedly budgeted at $20 million, is expected to go against cameras early next year. This particular version of the project has been trying to make it to the big screen for the last 12 years. Arianda, compared to the likes of Judy Holliday and Meryl Streep by Mike Nichols (CLOSER, THE GRADUATE), will herself sing 21 of Joplin's most popular songs. Producer Peter Newman had the following to say about Arianda: "I've never in my life seen an actress walk on a stage and convey the duality of vulnerability with overheated sexuality, which is what Janis was all about."

Extra Tidbit: What other famous (or infamous) figure do you feel deserves the biopic treatment?
Source: Deadline

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7:00PM on 07/10/2012
Finally! Though I'd kind of like if they had her lip sync to the master tracks instead of sing them herself... but I guess it'll fit.
Finally! Though I'd kind of like if they had her lip sync to the master tracks instead of sing them herself... but I guess it'll fit.
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1:16PM on 07/10/2012

whatever

MMMM is one of the crappy films i've ever seen.regarding tidbit,really missed Stanley Kubrick's biopic project Napolean
MMMM is one of the crappy films i've ever seen.regarding tidbit,really missed Stanley Kubrick's biopic project Napolean
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1:15PM on 07/10/2012

whatever

MMMM is one of the crappy films i've ever seen.regarding tidbit,really missed Stanley Kubrick's biopic project Napolean
MMMM is one of the crappy films i've ever seen.regarding tidbit,really missed Stanley Kubrick's biopic project Napolean
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12:47PM on 07/10/2012
I haven't heard of this girl, but the fact she's going to be doing her own singing has me interested. Janis had one of the most unique growls of her day so it's going to be one hell of a challenge to get it right that's for sure.

I also completely agree with Bill Clay below me here, The Doors movie was atrocious. The band themselves said that despite all his drunkenness and bad moments, they had so much fun making all those albums and were laughing through it all. Re-watch Oliver Stone's
I haven't heard of this girl, but the fact she's going to be doing her own singing has me interested. Janis had one of the most unique growls of her day so it's going to be one hell of a challenge to get it right that's for sure.

I also completely agree with Bill Clay below me here, The Doors movie was atrocious. The band themselves said that despite all his drunkenness and bad moments, they had so much fun making all those albums and were laughing through it all. Re-watch Oliver Stone's The Doors and see if any of them smile really EVER. They're always pissed at each other. It wasn't a fair account at all.
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10:42AM on 07/10/2012
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I would love a proper bio on The Doors, oh how I loathe Oliver Stone's version.
Unfortunately the weakness of that script did not give Kilmer the dimension that Morrison deserved, or that history demanded. Stone showed Morrison to be a self-indulgent, self-destructive, drunk.
All true.
But he was also witty, charming, intelligent and articulate. Stone's potrayal is an ugly and unfair one, something he himself has since admitted.
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I would love a proper bio on The Doors, oh how I loathe Oliver Stone's version.
Unfortunately the weakness of that script did not give Kilmer the dimension that Morrison deserved, or that history demanded. Stone showed Morrison to be a self-indulgent, self-destructive, drunk.
All true.
But he was also witty, charming, intelligent and articulate. Stone's potrayal is an ugly and unfair one, something he himself has since admitted.
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12:02PM on 07/10/2012
I couldn't agree with you more. The band has stated that Jim Morrison was one of the funniest people that they ever knew and the movie showed NONE of that.

Not to mention the whole naked Indian thing was lame. It was a great cast, but the script was atrocious that nobody could save!
I couldn't agree with you more. The band has stated that Jim Morrison was one of the funniest people that they ever knew and the movie showed NONE of that.

Not to mention the whole naked Indian thing was lame. It was a great cast, but the script was atrocious that nobody could save!
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