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Amir Bar-Lev’s Jerry Garcia biopic hits a snag

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 6th, 2010

Well, this sucks.

According to Variety, the upcoming Amir Bar-Lev-directed adaptation of the Jerry Garcia biography, Dark Star: An Oral Biography On Jerry Garcia, from author Robert Greenfield, has apparently hit a big time snag.

The outlet is reporting that Garcia’s estate has denied any involvement in the upcoming project, and that they “will not be licensing any recording from Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia’s music library for this production, nor will we provide the producer/director with access to any Garcia family members.”

While it is definitely possible to make a biopic sans source music, to be denied nearly 30 years of music is a massive setback for the upcoming film from the TROUBLE THE WATER co-producer. The film apparently ends with Garcia joining the Dead, which sounds really interesting, and also, sounds perfect for a film that won’t have any Dead music to choose from.

Personally, while I’m not a Grateful Dead fan, not at all actually, Amir Bar-Lev is easily one of my favorite filmmakers working today, especially after his last effort, the short film PLASTIC BAG, which is a powerful little short film. 

His next film, THE TILLMAN STORY, hits theaters later this year.

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