Grateful Dead's Own 'Across the Universe'-Style Musical Reportedly in the Works
Published Nov 24, 2011We've been hearing rumblings about a Jerry Garcia biopic for some time now, and while there's still no word as to whether the filmmakers will be able to secure the rights to his music, here's a new Grateful Dead-related movie for us to feel wary about about.
According to Deadline, the talent agency International Creative Management (ICM) has secured access to the Dead's catalogue for a narrative musical movie based around those tunes.
This looks to be similar to the film Across the Universe, which used re-recorded versions of Beatles tracks to tell a story. Not coincidentally, ICM agent Bruce Kaufman also spearheaded that deal. Across the Universe flopped at the box office, and we simply called it "dumb."
This time around, Kaufman is collaborating with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, plus Grateful Dead Properties GM Mark Pinkus. The word is that they're working on a film that will tap into the free-loving spirit of the band's classic days in Haight-Ashbury.
The new film still doesn't have a title, script, cast, studio or anything else really. But now that the hurdle of securing the music has been crossed, it may be only a matter of time before the rest falls into place.