Dylan pic knockin' on Paramount's door

Paramount Pictures has reached a deal with Killer Films and Wells Prods. to produce writer-director Todd Haynes’ next feature, a film about the life of Bob Dylan.

Haynes is currently scripting the project, tentatively titled “I’m Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan,” at his Oregon home. The singer has licensed music rights to the production.

Specifics remain vague. “The film is going be inspired by Dylan’s music and his ability to re-create and re-imagine himself time and time again,” said Killer principal Christine Vachon.

She said Haynes, who hopes to complete the script in another few months, has been formulating the project even before directing 2002’s “Far From Heaven.” At one point last year, Leonardo Di Caprio’s production shingle Appian Way was expected to produce but is no longer involved.

The overhead for Gotham-based Killer is covered by Wells Prods.

Martin Scorsese announced last year plans to direct a documentary about Dylan and the impact his early music had on the cultural and political landscape. That project is being financed by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair’s Spitfire Pictures, along with Thirteen/WNET New York and BBC Television.

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