Judge Tosses Lawsuit on Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the producers of a Janis Joplin biopic, lifting a legal cloud over the long-delayed project.

The film, entitled “Get It While You Can,” has a tortured development history. Amy Adams signed on to portray Joplin all the way back in 2010, and Jean-Marc Vallee, of “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” was also attached to direct.

In 2014, Silver Reel Partners, a Swiss company, and LKL Productions paid $117,000 to screenwriter Ron Terry to secure an option to produce the project. One condition of the option was that the producers would have to refinance $1.7 million in loans already extended to Terry. The producers were unable to refinance the loans, and filed suit shortly before the option expired in 2015.

The suit alleged that the loan contained unconscionable terms, and also accused Terry of shopping the project to other producers in violation of their exclusivity agreement.

Terry filed a counterclaim, accusing Silver Reel and LKL of sabotaging the project by filing suit and stirring up negative publicity, thereby scaring off the major studios.

The case has been dragging on in court since then. Silver Reel and LKL have cycled through three separate legal teams.

Most recently, LKL failed to appear at a trial date in April. Judge Nancy Newman dismissed the suit with prejudice.

In the meantime, Adams has dropped out of the project, and Vallee is no longer attached to direct. The producers are talking to other actors and directors and hope to produce the film this year.

Attorney David Berke handled the litigation for Terry.

More Biz

  • Street scene Sunset Boulevard at night

    In Los Angeles, Rock and Roll Fights to Save the Sunset Strip

    On a recent Saturday evening on Sunset Boulevard, just beyond the nightly caravan of European sports cars and open-air tour buses that have seen better days, the famous Tower Records building was once again bathed in the familiar red and yellow paint job of the iconic music store that once occupied its stone-brick walls. Though [...]

  • Plume of black smoke rising from

    Universal Music Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit From Artists Claiming Fire Damage

    Universal Music Group filed a motion on Wednesday to dismiss a class-action lawsuit from attorneys representing Soundgarden, Hole, Steve Earle and the estates of Tupac and Tom Petty over master recordings reportedly destroyed in a 2008 fire, the extent of which was revealed last month in a New York Times article. UMG argues that the musicians cannot pursue a [...]

  • After Yet Another Rejection, What Could

    After Yet Another Rejection, What Could Be Next for Woodstock 50?

    In the wake of the Town of Vernon’s third rejection of Woodstock 50’s permit application to hold its music festival at a venue in the Upstate New York municipality, one may well wonder what the troubled event’s next move might be. In the hours after the latest rejection was announced, even the optimistic-bordering-on-unrealistic producers sounded [...]

  • US actor Kevin Spacey (C) is

    Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Dropped in Nantucket

    Nantucket prosecutors have dropped a sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey, citing the “unavailability” of the complaining witness. Spacey had been accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car restaurant in July 2016. He was charged with indecent sexual assault, and a trial was set to be held in the fall. However, [...]

  • Plume of black smoke rising from

    Universal Music Updates Staff on Fire Damage in Internal Memo (Read)

    Ahead of an expected motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed last month by several artists over damage in the 2008 fire that destroyed hundreds of thousands of master recordings, according to the New York Times, the company’s chief archivist, Pat Kraus, issued a memo to the staff that has been obtained by Variety. While the [...]

  • CAA Signs Jay Shetty

    CAA Signs Jay Shetty

    CAA has signed award-winning host, storyteller, and viral content creator Jay Shetty for representation. Shetty’s videos have been viewed more than 4.5 billion times and he’s amassed more than 30 million followers across social media, becoming Facebook’s No. 1 creator on the platform with 24 million followers. After graduating university in the U.K., Shetty moved [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content