With the April 6th passing of legendary singer-songwriter Merle Haggard, fans have been wondering when a movie about his life would be announced.
Well, it happened a bit sooner than expected!
Deadline reports that screenwriter Cliff Hollingsworth is already finished with the script for the biopic. Hollingsworth wrote the film Cinderella Man, which is about 1930s boxer James Braddock and starred Russell Crowe.
Cinderella Man was nominated for three Academy Awards and Hollingsworth earned nominations for best original screenplay by BAFTA and the WGA.
Producer Donald Kushner was reportedly in talks with Haggard before his death regarding making a movie about his life and Haggard put his close friend Carl Cooper in charge of helping carry it out.
The film, titled Done It All, will follow his rise to fame beginning with his early childhood, colorful prison record, and how watching Johnny Cash perform while Haggard was in prison inspired him to change his ways.
Once Haggard released his first hit, they just kept coming and now he has several signature songs including "Mama Tried" and "Okie In Muskogee".
We're told producers are now looking for the right director and shortly will be scouring the country for the perfect person to play "The Hag".
Country music biopics have done relatively well. Loretta Lynn's life story came to life in the film Coal Miner's Daughter, with Sissy Spacek winning an Academy Award for portraying Lynn. Reese Witherspoon also won an Academy Award for playing June Carter Cash in Walk The Line. Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his portrayal of Johnny Cash, as well.
Will you go see Done It All? Who do you think should play Haggard?
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