Cast is a-growin' on Haynes' biopic of music legend
NEW YORK — Helmer Todd Haynes is attracting a raft of stars — including Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Adrien Brody, Richard Gere, Julianne Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg — to his “I’m Not There,” an unconventional film bio of Bob Dylan.
Deals are not set in stone, but financing on the pic is expected to coalesce in Cannes.
As envisioned by writer-helmer Haynes, pic follows seven characters, each embodying a different aspect of Dylan’s life story and music. Pic is the first biographical feature project to secure the approval of the pop culture icon.
Project — being produced through Killer Films and Wells Prods. — had been set up at Paramount last year, but has fallen off the studio’s slate following its recent regime shift.
CAA and Cinetic Media are repping the pic, which is being produced by Killer’s Christine Vachon and Dylan rep John Rosen. John Wells and John Goldwyn are exec producing.
Filmmakers plan a fall start, but skedding could be the key to keeping the stars lined up for Haynes’ dream pic. The helmer has been toiling on the Dylan concept for years; he began formulating the feature prior to his 2002 effort “Far From Heaven.”
Reps for the actors said they are not officially attached until the pic’s financing falls into place. However, sources close to the production feel confident the slated elements will stick, and Haynes was in Gotham taking meetings recently.
Killer has Dylan’s bio rights. The songwriter’s autobiography “Chronicles, Volume One” was published in October.
Haynes’ credits include the rock ‘n’ roll pic “Velvet Goldmine” and Moore starrer “Safe.”