Billy Joel Biopic Reportedly In The Works Without Joel’s Approval
A film illustrating the musical beginnings and triumphs of Billy Joel, “The Piano Man”, is reported be in work. The upcoming biopic will follow Joel’s early discovery years through to his standout performance and beyond.
While fans of the iconic singer/songwriter may initially welcome this news, there’s actually a catch. A rep for Joel said the 72-year-old artist will not be involved in this film in any way.”and that no rights to the music, name/likeness or life story will be granted.”
The biopic, however, is currently still on track to be produced by Jaigantic Studios with Adam Ripp writing and directing the project. The release date has not yet been announced.
“Billy Joel has been a part of my life since my dad signed him to his label when I was 4; his music is ingrained in my DNA and it was a dream of mine as a filmmaker to explore and celebrate the untold story of how Billy Joel became the Piano Man,” Ripp said in a statement.
The studio is pushing the project after acquiring the lifetime rights of Irwin Mazur, who managed Joel as a teenager from 1970 to 1972. Joel released his signature song, “Piano Man,” a year later in 1973.
“What a dream come true! It was the actual events that I witnessed firsthand that shaped Billy from a keyboardist for local Long Island band, The Hassles, to the iconic musician, singer-songwriter and entertainer who delights audiences around the world today,” Mazur said in a statement.
The music and soundtrack for this film are “yet to be determined”, as declared by biopic producers. Stay tuned to see who sings for us as Piano Man.
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