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Dennis Wilson Biopic Expected in 2011

A film about the life of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, who drowned in Marina Del Rey in 1983, is reportedly in pre-production. According to WENN, director Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin — the creative force behind the 2008 Sundance Film Festival sensation ‘Bottle Shock’ — are working with the cooperation of Wilson’s family with plans to have the movie ready for a 2011 release.

“Dennis was a pained and tortured soul, yet brilliant and loved dearly by so many who knew him,” says Miller. “This film has the makings of a tour-de-force performance in the hands of the right actor. As a director, I search for stories that expose the soul of a character in new territories that excite me as a filmmaker.”

Savin will pen the screenplay for the biopic, which the pair will produce with Wilson’s daughter Jennifer. The film is expected to incorporate music from Wilson’s 1977 solo disc, ‘Pacific Ocean Blue,’ as well as previously unreleased tracks by the late performer, plus music from the Beach Boys. The movie’s release is expected to be timed with the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary next year.