Hartnett horns in on ‘Baker’

Pic based on Gavin's tome about influential trumpeter

Josh Hartnett is in negotiations to star in “The Chet Baker Story” a new telling of jazz legend Chet Baker’s tumultuous life. Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Beresford is in negotiations to direct.

Baker was a handsome and influential trumpeter and drug addict who killed himself by jumping from a window in Amsterdam. His life story was previously filmed in the legendary doc “Let’s Get Lost,” by Bruce Weber.

Screenplay for “Story” is adapted from James Gavin’s book “Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker” and was written by Julie Allan. Movie is produced by Pieter Kroonenburg and Julie Allan and is co-produced by Claude Leger and Jean Pierre Guerin. 

“Baker” is being sold internationally by Australia’s Arclight Films.

Pic will lense in June in Montreal, Paris and Queensland, Australia. 

Another Baker biopic is on the slate of forthcoming projects of Wildflower Entertainment, the new shingle of veteran film producers Fred Caruso and Dino Constantine Conte.

That film, “Looking for Chet Baker,” is a contempo suspenser based on a novel by Bill Moody. T-Bone Burnett, who wrote the score for “Walk the Line,” is attached.

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