It’s been 40 years since Janis Joplin’s drug overdose death, and Hollywood is still no closer to rendering a biographical film about the blues-rocking vocalist. SoundCheck remembers the days when Melissa Etheridge, her career still new, was touted as a celluloid Joplin stand-in.
Kevin Jagernauth’s always entertaining, music-friendly Hollyblog The Playlist cites an interview with “Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey, whose production company is evidently contemplating a Pearl biopic with Amy Adams cast as Joplin. “City of God” director Fernando Meirelles will supposedly helm the pic.
The casting of the gifted Adams as the bawdy, rough-hewn vocalist isn’t nearly as incomprehensible as the selection of winsome actress/folk-rocker Zoe Deschanel for a previous, now apparently derailed Joplin project. Question is, can any actress adequately summon up the performer’s fire and vulnerability for audiences now a couple of generations removed from the source?