Late singer George Jones will get a biopic. Chris Corabi from 28 Entertainment has closed a deal with Jeff Rosen, on behalf of George and wife Nancy Jones, to nab the story rights for the movie project. Dennis L. Baxter has come aboard to pen and produce it alongside Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman. Nancy will be involved too in the production as an executive producer.
"Over the years we have been approached to make George's life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately," Nancy said. "George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story. Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production."
Of the project, co-producer Hoffman said, "George's career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world. We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen."
Jones died on April 26 in Nashville at the age of 81, due to fever and irregular blood pressure. Making more than 150 hits during his career, the country crooner was named Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008, and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award last year.
Among his No. 1 hits are "White Lightning", "Still Doin' Time" and "I Always Get Lucky With You".