Biopic of Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in the works

Film company buys the life rights to legendary hitmaker

River Road Entertainment has acquired the life rights to The Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, and those of his wife, Melinda Wilson.

The singer’s life has been a turbulent one. He achieved phenomenal success in the ’60s with The Beach Boys seminal album ‘Pet Sounds’ before a three-year drug binge left him reclusive and distant from the band.

Throughout his life Wilson has battled mental illness, including what was thought to be depression and bipolar disorder.

It was rumoured that a major factor in his breakdown was the cancellation of his ambitious album, ‘Smile’ – a project that Wilson started in 1967 and eventually finished in 2004, to great acclaim.

Deadline reports that Oren Moverman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for The Messenger, is writing the screenplay.

Moverman is also currently working on the biopic of Kurt Cobain for Universal and Working Title.

River Road Entertainment has been involved in the production of Brokeback Mountain, Into the Wild, The Runaways and The Tree of Life.

No director or star is yet attached to the project.