The biopic is being financed and produced by 28 Entertainment out of Los Angeles, and is being written by Alan Wenkus, known most recently for being the writer and researcher for the upcoming music biopic Straight Outta Compton about the rise of the N.W.A. gangsta rap group to be released in August. Wenkus, along with Brian A. Hoffman of 28 Entertainment and writer Dennis Baxter will all executive produce the film. The producers are said to have spent time with George Jones during his final years.
There is no word on a director of the film, or who may play George Jones or any of the other major characters at the moment. There’s also no word on a potential time or year when the film is hoped to be released, though the producers say they are working to attach talent to the project soon, and are introducing the project at the Cannes film market.
“We are very excited about moving into the next phase of bringing George’s remarkable life to the big screen,” Brian Hoffman said to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are thrilled that so many talented people have shown a great deal of interest in this project.”
George Jones is considered one of the greatest country music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008, and received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. Beyond the accolades, Jones lived a tumultuous life full of battles with alcohol and drugs that will sure make an interesting story for the silver screen. He was born in Saratoga, TX in 1931, and died in 2013 at the age of 81. Recently a museum was opened in downtown Nashville commemorating the country artist.
A Hank Williams biopic called I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston is expected to be released later this year.