With The Butler looking like it could be sending director Lee Daniels back to the Oscars this year, the filmmaker is already looking ahead to his next project which also sounds like it could make it three critical hits in a row for Daniels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniels is set to direct Amy Adams in a Janis Joplin biopic as his next project.
“This is my next project for sure,” he tells THR of the planned biopic that’s been stalled for a decade, starring Amy Adams as the boozy blues singer. “I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.”
The film has all the makings, at least initially, to be yet another critical success for Daniels who already has one Best Director nomination under his belt for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire and the buzz around The Butler seems to suggest that he’ll at least be going back as part of the film’s crew if not a nominee himself.
Adams is an interesting choice for Joplin, as everything we’ve heard Adams sing in has been upbeat and hardly close to the signature raspy voice that Joplin became known for.
Biopics are hard to do right, but when the right effort is put into them, what comes out on the other end is usually a stunning portrait of a historical hero. Musical biopics are a mixed bag as widely praised films like Walk The Line and Almost Famous were — despite each winning a major acting award — largely snubbed at the Oscars.
Joplin is a one of a kind figure, voice and symbol of a generation so while musical biopics may be hard to pinpoint, Daniels has remarkable source material to draw from.