Movie in works on early life of Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia

November 12, 2008

Hollywood (Chattahbox) — Veteran producers Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Eric Eisner are teaming up to produce a biopic about Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The untitled project will aim to offer a revealing look at the roots of the counterculture icon, focusing primarily on Garcia’s early life in the Bay Area before he joined the band that would become the Grateful Dead.

The Producer trio have acquired rights to Robert Greenfield’s book “Dark Star,” an oral history of Garcia from dozens of people who knew him, including musicians, relatives and artist friends like Ken Kesey. Music rights also are being negotiated, though given that the period in Garcia’s life that’s covered is pre-Dead, producers could avoid some of the trickier negotiations. Topics that may be covered include Jerry’s stint in the military, a life-changing car accident and his first creative encounters with members of the Northern California music scene including future Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

The Dead has been the subject of number of documentaries — including 1977’s “The Grateful Dead Movie,” a concert film Garcia directed — but the story of Garcia’s life has never been told on the big screen. Topper Lilien, who penned Universal’s Paul Newman-starring drama “Where the Money Is,” has been attached to write the screenplay.

Producers Berger and Yerxa have collaborated on some of the biggest indie hits of the past decade, including “Election” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” while Eisner produced the Sundance hit “Hamlet 2” with Berger and Yerxa and is attached to produce “Bait,” a remake of Betrand Tavenier’s mid-’90s French thriller.

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One Response to “Movie in works on early life of Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia”

  1. Farah on November 13th, 2008 1:38 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’m sure all GD fans are excited.
    For us Canadians, I just ran into this article as well this morning from Exclaim magazine.


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