Adams originally became attached to the film, titled Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, in 2010. She later dropped out of it. Other actresses and singers who were rumored to play Joplin in biopics include Zooey Deschanel, Pink, Lili Taylor, Renee Zellweger, and Reese Witherspoon.
According to Rolling Stone, producer Peter Newman has attempted for nearly 15 years to get a Joplin biopic, originally called Joplin but now entitled Janis, made. In 2012, Tony Award winner Nina Arianda was cast to play Joplin in Janis. The film is still in the development phase of production-with exclusive rights to 21 of Joplin’s most well-known songs.
IMDB describes the plot of Janis as being about “a Rolling Stone writer assigned to write a cover story on the enigmatic Janis Joplin ends up on a long tour with the singer at the height of her success.”
“What a gorgeous lady to photograph.” – Photographer Elliott Landy pic.twitter.com/N8SYaP8Qjn
— Janis Joplin (@JanisJoplin) November 5, 2014
In 2012, Lee Daniels (The Butler) was in talks to direct Get It While You Can. The Oscar nominated director was set to replace director Fernando Meirelles (City of God). Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) was also once attached to direct the biopic. The latest director attached to take over the project is Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Adams hasn’t shied away from singing in past films. She had some very memorable singing moments in one of her first blockbuster films Enchanted. So it’s likely that Adams won’t hesitate to sing when given the opportunity to do so in Get It While You Can.
The five time Oscar nominee’s love for Joplin seems to extend way beyond this film. She admitted to Vogue that if given the opportunity to have coffee with anyone dead or alive, it be Joplin, “but it probably wouldn’t be coffee.” Her passion for the artist may earn her yet another Oscar nomination.
Production on Get It While You Can is set to begin during the latter half of 2015. Vallee is currently getting ready for the release of Wild, starring Witherspoon. Wild opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 5. Adams can be seen this Christmas in Big Eyes.