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MIRAMAX MAKES MOVES ON MUSICAL BIOPIC

Miramax Films has set in motion plans to make a feature film about blues guitartist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. Miramax has bought the rights to “Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire,” the bio of Vaughan by Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford for Little Brown.

Already, they’re deep in talks with “Desperado” director Robert Rodriguez to write and direct the film. Both Rodriguez and Vaughan hailed from Austin, Texas, and Rodriguez has a first-look deal with the studio. Vaughan was a favorite musician of Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and the book traces the guitarist’s life from childhood, growing up in the blues and becoming competitive with his brother Jimmie, who founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Miramax exec Scott Greenstein made the rights deal with ICM’s Tricia Davey.

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