Is David Lynch planning to make a new feature length music biopic?

There are hints that the director might be raising funds for a new project

Film director David Lynch is reportedly raising funds to help make a new feature-length rock biopic.

The Twin Peaks director was mentioned in a recent Vulture article in which the novelist Jeff Jackson recommends Alan Greenberg’s 1983 novel Love in Vain: The Life and Legends of Robert Johnson. In the blurb about the book, Jackson notes that Lynch is in the middle of raising funds to bring a screenplay of the book, which has remained unpublished for years, to the screen.

Lynch, who is reportedly a long-term fan of the screenplay, has not directed a feature film since Inland Empire from 2006. The script reportedly tells the tale of legendary blues artist Robert Johnson and is said to follow a “half-fable, half-non-fictional story” according to Consequence of Sound. 

Back in August, Lynch revealed how he teamed up with Stella McCartney to create a new short film, Curtain’s Up. Created by Tête-à-Tête, an LA based studio which Lynch’s son Austin and artist Case Simmons manage, the film sees Lynch speaking about his love of cinema and how meditation helped him when writing and directing films.

In the short film, Lynch said: “Cinema is a language. It can say things – big, abstract things – and I love that about it. Some people are poets and have a beautiful way of saying things with words. But cinema is it’s own language and so you can express a feeling and a thought that can’t be conveyed any other way. It’s a magical medium.

“For me it’s so beautiful to think about these pictures and sounds flowing together in time and in sequence, making something that can be done only through cinema. It’s so magical, I don’t know why. To go into a theatre and have the lights go down – it’s very quiet and then the curtains start to open and then you go into a world.”

Earlier this year, Lynch released a book he had co-written, Room To Dream where he outlines a chronology of recollections and memories of his life and career, rather than an explanation of them. The director has previously said that he will “never explain his work”, saying “it reduces” the art form.