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Daniel Johnston Biopic in the Works


A biopic based on the life of troubled underground pop icon Daniel Johnston is in the works, with Philip Seymour Hoffman slated to play him.

The script is currently being written by father and son team David and Jordan Miller. They are set to release their first film ‘My Suicide,’ in September in the US. The soundtrack of ‘My Suicide’ is suggestive of good taste, set as it is to feature contributions from Bright Eyes, TV on the Radio, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket and Animal Collective.

Speaking to Pedestrian.tv, David Miller gave more details, saying, “We’re doing a Daniel Johnston biopic and I’m producing and writing, and Gabriel Sunday our star [from ‘My Suicide’], he’s going to be directing and playing young Daniel. It’s going to be an epic superhero story and it’s going to be a narrative biopic so it doesn’t really cover any of the same stuff that the famous ‘Devil And Daniel Johnston’ documentary that won Sundance in 2005 covers.”

That film documented the various troubles the bipolar Johnston has suffered throughout his life. He was one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite artists, and released his seventeenth studio album last year, ‘Is And Always Was.’

Miller added details on who is being lined up for the big role. “We’re either putting Gabriel in a fat suit or there’s so many people that are reaching out that are huge Daniel Johnston fans. Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly for example, Johnny Depp’s a big Daniel Johnston fan though we’d like him to play the older brother. But we haven’t really arrived at that yet – we’re just in the scripting process at the moment but once we get the script finished we’ll be able to get a better handle on what the budget will be.”