Producer Chuck Gordon has acquired film rights to Tim McGraw’s Grammy-nominated song “Live Like You Were Dying” for his Daybreak Prods. shingle.
Song, penned by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, is the title cut of McGraw’s eighth studio album. It’s the story of a man who begins to live life to the fullest — opting to skydive, climb a mountain and ride a bull — after discovering he has a fatal illness.
McGraw recorded the song shortly after the death of his father, former Major League pitcher Tug McGraw. The song and the album received Grammy noms last week in the country music categories.
Gordon, whose producer credits include “Field of Dreams” and “October Sky,” said the film project won’t center on the McGraws but on the broader theme of dealing with death.
“Because of my background, I get a lot of pitches for serious dramas, which I usually turn down,” he said. “But I felt this song’s positive approach is very fresh.”