A George Jones Biopic Is in the Works
George Jones remains one of the most iconic country music artists of the last century, and now, his life and career will be immortalized in an authorized biopic, No Show Jones.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that screenwriter Alan Wenkus is finalizing the script for the film, which will cover Jones' legendary country music career, as well as his struggle with drugs and alcohol and his personal life, including his marriage to Tammy Wynette before finding love with his fourth wife, Nancy Jones.
The Possum actually started writing the script many years ago, prior to his death in 2013. Nancy Jones showed the original script to Wenkus, who quickly signed on to do the project.
"He loved it, and he loves George. We brought him to town, absolutely loved him, and we've been working together since November," Jones' widow tells Rolling Stone Country. "He understands what I'm wanting. I don't want any lies — I want it exactly the way George started the [script] when he started it six years ago."
Nancy Jones has already done more than 10 interviews with Wenkus, going over every detail of her late husband's life, including his marriage to Wynette.
"We'll definitely have Tammy in there. She was a big part of his life, and I love Tammy. I thought the world of Tammy, and we ended up being best friends. I have quite a bit of things [in the script] that we've talked about, me and her," says Nancy Jones. "I will do her justice. If George was a butt with her, I'll tell that, too. It will be an honest, honest movie."
Nancy Jones says that her goal for the movie is to let others know the person she knew.
"We wanted to let the world know who George Jones is," she explains. "To me, he really made country music. He never strayed away from his roots."
While no casting decisions have been made -- although Jones hopes for Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper to play her late husband, with either Sandra Bullock or Ashley Judd taking on her role -- the film has already earned the attention of several Hollywood heavyweights.
“We are very excited about moving into the next phase of bringing George’s remarkable life to the big screen," co-producer Brian Hoffman, of 28 Entertainment, tells THR. "We are thrilled that so many talented people have shown a great deal of interest in this project."
Jones died on April 26, 2013, from respiratory failure. A museum in his honor, the George Jones Museum, opened in Nashville last month.
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