In exciting movie news, the film rights for John Niven’s Music From Big Pink novella have been optioned by producer/writer/director team Stephen and Jez Butterworth, who together made Birthday Girl in 2001, starring Nicole Kidman as a mail-order bride. (Happens to me every day.)
Jez Butterworth is a highly regarded playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the play Mojo (which won the Olivier award at the Royal Court and was later made into a feature film which Jez directed). He has just completed the screenplay for Paramount Pictures forthcoming James Brown biopic, to be directed by Spike Lee later this year.
So, who knows if/when this will actually get made, but we’re pretty thrilled here at Continuum HQ.
2 Thoughts to “Movie from Big Pink?”
The entire story of The Band would make a great movie. It’s got everything it takes: music, sex, drugs, love, death, joy, goodness, brotherhood, greed and tragedy. IF the story would be told justly, it would be sympathetic toward Richard and Rick — two “regular”, incredibly humble, incredibly talented guys. Both gone entirely too soon and still dearly missed by Band family, friends and fans.
I’m not surprised. That BIG PINK would make a great movie. Not so fluffy as ALMOST FAMOUS. Not as derelict as SID & NANCY.FOREVER CHANGES would make a great story, too. Just don’t let Oliver Stone direct.