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Brian Wilson biopic in the works from River Road films

Movie by Jim Napier

River Road Entertainment is developing a feature film based on the life of Brian Wilson the leader of The Beach Boys. The studio just purchased the life rights for Brian and his wife Melinda Wilson. The script is being written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote and directed The Messenger. The project is being produced by River Road founder Bill Pohlad and John Wells Productions, with Jim Lefkowitz executive producing.

Comingsoon describes the project as follows:

Wilson wrote over fifteen Top 40 hit singles and the groundbreaking masterpiece "Pet Sounds" before suffering a nervous breakdown during the making of the highly-anticipated follow-up album "Smile." The film will take an unconventional look at Wilson's unique musical process as well as his struggles with mental illness, and how he managed to persevere as an artist with the love and support of his wife Melinda.

Moverman just wrapped Rampart, which he co-wrote and directed. The film reunites him with Woody Harrelson. Moverman is currently working on the Untitled Kurt Cobain Project for Working Title and Universal.

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