Dusty Springfield getting yet another biopic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 7th, 2011

The past few years, since the Johnny Cash biopic WALK THE LINE really, the film world hasn’t been too kind to a cavalcade of potential music-based biopics. With names like Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix all being fodder for possible projects that ultimately fall apart, it looks like one name is set to get yet another biographical film put into production.

THR is reporting that Fairbanks have begun putting the wheels in motion for a film based off of the Sharon Davis penned book, A Girl Named Dusty which, at this point, will not only follow the life of iconic singer Dusty Springfield, but will also feature the singer’s own music.

This project joins another one which has seemed to have stalled, but has actress Nicole Kidman in the lead, and a script penned by Michael Cunningham (THE HOURS). James Mangold was last in talks to direct that film, but at this point, this one appears to be moving forward much faster.

U.K. based, the film is currently looking for a writer, director, and cast to tell the story of the legendary singer who is best known for albums like Dusty In Memphis, as well as her battle with addiction and depression. The film will begin to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Admittedly, I’m not massively familiar with Springfield’s work (I’m not a novice to her work though, just probably should listen to more), but her life is one hell of a story, and would make for a perfect film. Given the right creative team and cast, this could be just the moving type of biopic that should be made for such a brilliant musician.

What do you think?

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