The Jerry Garcia Estate sadly announced the news that they will not be involved with the Amir Bar-Lev “Jerry Garcia” biopic that the film director is planning to direct. The Garcia estate refuses to license Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia solo music for the film.
Read the Garcia Estate’s statement here:
While it is sad news, the film can still go on without Grateful Dead or Garcia’s music. Maybe Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh can somehow be involved with the music but make new original music for the film instead? That will probably end up happening.
“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in. Keep truckin’, like the doo dah man, Together, more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on”…
Yes, that’s right. Jerry Garcia is on his way to the big screen with his own biopic film, and it will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev. The film will focus on Jerry Garcia’s earlier days, before joining the Grateful Dead that made him a huge star.
Since the film will focus on Jerry’s earlier days, I assume they will focus on his childhood, and how he got into music. I’m sure they will focus on his history of drug use as well. Garcia had a pretty rough childhood and he was already playing in bands way before the Grateful Dead even started. Him and Phil Lesh go way back.
I think a Jerry Garcia biopic would be interesting and it’s well deserved.
So the question is? Who should play Jerry? I was thinking Jeff Bridges, but the article said they would focus on Garcia’s younger days, so they are probably gonna go for a younger actor.
They would obviously need an actor that is also a guitar player. This is a hard one to decide. Maybe the role should go to an unknown actor instead of a big name?
I’m a HUGE Grateful Dead fan by the way. Yeah, I’m a Dead Head like the rest of ’em. Except I don’t drink and don’t do drugs to the music. I don’t need to do that shit to enjoy the music, do I?