A Musical Biopic About Journey Singer ARNEL PINEDA Is In The Works!
Musical biopics are hot right now in Hollywood, all thanks to the success of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Capitalizing on the film genre's current popularity, Warner Bros. has tapped Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu to helm a musical biopic centered around Journey singer Arnel Pineda's Cinderella-like story.
Talking to Deadline, Chu expressed his excitement over the Pinoy rocker's biopic. "This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago. A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage – literally – has all the ingredients I love about movies." He then added, "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."
The biopic is currently in development, with Warner Bros. reportedly in negotiations for the licensing of Journey's songs.
Arnel Pineda's story is truly inspiring. Once a struggling musician playing at local bars, his life changed forever in 2007 when Journey guitarist Neal Schon spotted him on YouTube singing the band's hits. Impressed by Pineda's vocal prowess, he was then contacted by the band's agents and officially debuted as the legendary band's frontman the following year.