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Shel Silverstein Biopic in Development

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The life of renowned children’s author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, who passed away in 1999, will be remembered in an upcoming biopic.

‘A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein’ is being produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision, a Los Angeles-based production company with blockbuster credits to their name, including ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ ‘We Are Marshall’ and ‘Staying Alive,’ as well as TV series ‘The O.C.’ and ‘Supernatural,’ among others.

The film will delve into Silverstein’s illustrious career, as well as some of his personal struggles, including the loss of his daughter, Shoshana, at age 11 due to a cerebral aneurysm.

In addition to penning numerous beloved books, including ‘The Giving Tree’ and ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends,’ the Chicago native also wrote or co-wrote several hit songs, such as Johnny Cash‘s ‘A Boy Named Sue, ‘One’s on the Way’ for Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings‘ ‘The Taker.’

While there is no word yet on a potential soundtrack for the movie, chances are good that there would be a long list of country artists willing to sing for the project. Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine all contributed to a Silverstein tribute album, ‘Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein,’ in 2010, which was produced by Bobby Bare.

“I know he would have loved the album,” Bare says. “Shel didn’t like modern country, new country at all. His favorite singer was Ernest Tubb, if that gives you any indication, so we kept asking ourselves if Shel would like what we were doing. I think he would.”

Silverstein passed away at the age of 68 from a heart attack.

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