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Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson Biopic in the Works


In a project that will hopefully be completed in less time than it took for Brian Wilson to finish “Smile,” an independent production company is preparing a biographical film about Mr. Wilson, the troubled pop music genius and creative force behind the Beach Boys. River Road Entertainment, which has previously produced features like “The Tree of Life” and “Fair Game,” said that it is developing a film about Mr. Wilson, who with his brothers, Dennis and Carl, and Mike Love and Al Jardine formed the Beach Boys in 1961. That band’s groovy hits include “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Good Vibrations,” as well as the album-length mini-masterpiece “Pet Sounds.”

River Road Entertainment said in a statement that its film would “take an unconventional look at Wilson’s unique musical process as well as his struggles with mental illness, and how he managed to persevere as an artist with the love and support of his wife Melinda.” The company has secured the musician’s life rights for the project, and Oren Moverman, the director and co-writer of “The Messenger,” will write its screenplay. No title or release date for the film was given, and its producers haven’t announced which actor will be lying in bed just like Brian Wilson did.