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Jerry Garcia: The movie

Written by Scott Mervis on .

The bad news: A Hollywood biopic of Jerry Garcia is in the works. And you know what those can be like.

The good news: Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who have us the excellent indie hits "Election" and "Little Miss Sunshine," have signed on to produce, along with Eric Eisner ("Hamlet 2").

Interestingly, rather than capture the iconic musician at his Dead peak, according to the Hollywood Reporter, "The untitled project will focus primarily on Garcia's early life in the Bay Area before he joined the band that would become the Grateful Dead - a period that includes a stint in the military, a life-changing car accident and his first creative encounters with members of the Northern California music scene including future Dead bassist Phil Lesh."

The basis is Robert Greenfield's book "Dark Star," an oral history of Garcia. Topper Lilien ("Where the Money Is") will write the screenplay. No word on who will play Jerry, but people are already tossing out names like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Black and Paul Giamatti.

As long as we keep Seth Rogen out of the discussion...

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