Janis Joplin Biopic Lands Its Director and Star

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26:  Actress Nina Arianda attends the 61st annual Outer Circle Critics awards at Sardi's on May 26, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Photo: Jason Kempin/2011 Getty Images

Here's a confluence of exciting people: Sundance Best Director honoree Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Best Actress Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), and Janis Joplin. Deadline reports a biopic titled Joplin will center on the last six months of the singer's life, sprinkled with flashbacks to her early days. The $20 million production will contain "exclusive use of 21 of Joplin’s best-known songs," so no worries about a reprise of 30 Rock's Janet Jopler/"Chunk of My Lung" situation.