If Elton John can do it, why not Bob Dylan?
The Minnesota bard will be executive producer of his own biopic, starring Timothee Chalamet, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
James Mangold, who just did “Ford vs. Ferrari,” will direct, and Jeff Rosen, Dylan’s manager, will be one of the producers.
Fox Searchlight has reportedly acquired the rights to use Dylan’s music.
The screenplay was penned by Jay Cocks, the former Time and Newsweek film critic who wrote the screenplay for “Gangs of New York.” The script is based on Elijah Wald’s 2015 book, “Dylan Goes Electric.”
Chalamet, 24, (right, Associated Press photo) received a best-actor Oscar nomination for his work in “Call Me by Your Name.” In 2019, he was seen in “The King” and “Little Women.”
Mangold directed the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, “Walk the Line.” Reese Witherspoon won the Oscar for best actress for her work in that picture.
Two recent music biopics, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Elton’s “Rocketman,” have been big winners at the box office and awards ceremonies, with Rami Malek capturing the best actor Oscar for the former and Taron Egerton the best actor Golden Globe for the latter.
There is no projected title or release date for the Dylan movie.
Meanwhile, a Dylan musical, “Girl from the North Country,” will open on Broadway on March 5, after successful runs in London and Toronto.