Ar­nel Pineda biopic com­ing

Tempo - - Front Page - By REGS PARUNGAO

The life story of singer Ar­nel Pineda will be a Hol­ly­wood film soon.

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on Hol­ly­wood-based news site, Dead­line, “Crazy Rich Asians” di­rec­tor Jon M. Chu re­vealed he is re-team­ing with Warner Bros to chron­i­cle the jour­ney of Ar­nel Pineda, whom he de­scribed as an “un­likely hero” and “an un­de­ni­able tal­ent,” adding his story is a “true fairy tale and tri­umph of the hu­man spirit.”

“The suc­cess of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has blown my mind and set me on a path to cham­pion more unique in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries that rep­re­sent new per­spec­tives from all around the world,” Chu said in a state­ment to Dead­line. “This story in par­tic­u­lar has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago… the power of mu­sic and a world­wide stage (lit­er­ally) has all the in­gre­di­ents I love about movies. 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 a lead­ing cham­pion of di­verse voices in front and be­hind the cam­era.”

Pineda be­gan singing at a pizza par­lor when he was 15.

Sev­eral decades later, in 2007, he was dis­cov­ered on YouTube by Jour­ney co-founder Neal Schon.

He re­port­edly picked

Pineda for his abil­ity to repli­cate the pow­er­ful vo­cals of Jour­ney’s most pop­u­lar vo­cal­ist Steve Perry, best known for singing on the band’s big­gest hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Fool­ish Heart.” Perry took the stage with Pineda, Schon and the rest of the band when Jour­ney was in­ducted in the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017. Dead­line’s Mike Flem­ing wrote in the ar­ti­cle pub­lished Dec. 5 that Warner Bros. is ne­go­ti­at­ing to li­cense the orig­i­nal Jour­ney tunes, most writ­ten by Perry and Schon, and the stu­dio has ac­quired rights to “Don’t Stop Believin’: Ev­ery­man’s Jour­ney,” a 2012 documentary that chron­i­cled Pineda’s “im­pos­si­ble rise.”

Flem­ing added that the film comes on the heels of the out-sized suc­cess of the Fred­die Mer­cury and Queen film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a crowd pleas­ing biopic that has grossed over $540 mil­lion and put Rami Malek in the Best Ac­tor con­ver­sa­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Pineda’s tale is “more as­tound­ing and this film will tell his true story, one that has am­bi­tions to be some­thing like ‘Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire.’”

Chu, on the other hand, said his vi­sion is to “make an em­pow­er­ing movie that fol­lows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of a for­merly home­less Filipino singer to overnight rock star.” Dead­line re­ported Tem­ple Hill’s Marty Bowen will pro­duce, and the search for a writer is un­der­way. The pro­ject will be over­seen for the stu­dio by Kevin McCormick.

AR­NEL Pineda


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