Sitting down in Latest Hollywood News’s Studio at Sundance to advertise their new documentary sequence Willie Nelson and Household, concerning the lifetime of the legendary musician, filmmakers Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman opened up concerning the prospect of a story characteristic sooner or later.
“I by no means imagined we’d be doing a documentary about him as a result of he by no means actually wished a documentary made about him,” Moverman defined.
Clearly, Nelson had a change of coronary heart, resulting in the premiere of Willie Nelson and Household. So when requested whether or not a biopic within the vein of recent movies like Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Elvis, or I Wanna Dance With Someone may ever materialize, Moverman responded encouragingly, saying he thinks Nelson is “fascinated about that.”
“He’s had time to replicate over the pandemic. He’s been very cautious. He’s virtually 90 years previous. He misplaced his sister, who was 91, lately. She’s within the film and she or he’s an enormous a part of his life,” he continued. “So he believes in plenty of inspiring issues, and he’s a giant reincarnation man. He’s seeing one thing proper now that is sensible to him, and I feel he’s very open to a biopic.”
The five-part sequence Willie Nelson and Household premiered as a part of the competition’s Indie Episodic program. Each Zimny and Moverman are latest Emmy winners — the previous for steering the range particular Springsteen on Broadway and the latter for the TV film Unhealthy Schooling, starring Hugh Jackman.
Nelson’s life story within the documentary and, presumably, the biopic takes or would take a warts-and-all strategy to capturing his character.
“His openness is stunning,” Moverman continues. “In case you do a deep dive, it’s not going to be all floor gloss. Many components of his life have been superb, however he was very open concerning the darkish stuff, concerning the heartbreaks and the ache. He was open always, and he principally mentioned, ‘ask me something.’”