Director of 'Crazy Rich Asians', Jon M. Chu is set to create a biopic film about Journey's Filipino frontman, Arnel Pineda who was discovered via YouTube and has been singing with Journey since 2007 after Steve Perry's departure.
“This story, in particular, has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago. A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage – literally – has all the ingredients I love about movies,” Chu tells Deadline. “Plus I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story with my partners at Warner Bros., who have been leading champions of diverse voices in front and behind the camera.”
While Warner Bros. is still on negotiations with song licensing with Journey, the unnamed project has yet to find a writer. The studio did acquire the rights to the 2012 documentary on Journey, 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey' which chronicled Pineda's success to a rock star. Watch the trailer to the documentary below.
He helped Journey to get back on its feet, with 'Revelation' (2008) becoming their band's first platinum-selling album since Steve Perry's era.
Following the success of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' yet again, there are plenty of biopic films due for release or in the works.