It appears that the colorful story of George Jones will be heading to the big screen.
Earlier today, it was announced that 28 Entertainment has acquired the rights to the story of Jones and his wife Nancy. The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter and produced by Baxter and 28 Entertainment's Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman, depicts George's life as a country music legend while battling his personal demons – such as a well publicized struggle with alcohol and drugs.
"Over the years we have been approached to make George's life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately," said Nancy Jones in a press release. "George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story. Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production."
Baxter says that he had been working with the singer very closely on the story, and that Jones had hoped to see the movie before he passed away on April 26 in Nashville. The film will show his struggles, but also his triumph over his demons when he married Nancy in 1983.
"George's career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world. We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen," said Jay Hoffman of 28 Entertainment.