Sublime biopic in works of Francis Lawrence

Sublime biopic in works of Francis Lawrence

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Sublime is the latest rock band to get the biopic treatment.

Sony’s 3000 Pictures is developing a film with Francis Lawrence, director of ‘Hunger Games’, about the group from Long Beach, California.

The band is best known for its fusion of reggae, punk, ska and hip hop, all wrapped up in a subgenre of alternative rock where they led the way in the 1990s. Songs like “What I Got”, “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time” became radio hits on local rock stations such as KROQ in Los Angeles. The band’s lead singer, Bradley Nowell, died of a drug overdose in May 1996, and the band’s last self-titled album was released shortly after.

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The screenplay is provided by Chris Mundy, whose notable work includes writing credits for “Ozark” and “Criminal Minds”. In addition to Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready, Dave Kaplan and Peter Paterno are producing the film. Lawrence most recently directed the upcoming adventure film “Slumberland”, starring Jason Momoa, for Netflix.

“We can’t believe this is finally happening and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the wonderful Francis Lawrence and Chris Mundy tell our story. We are so grateful to Peter Paterno and Dave Kaplan/Surfdog for their years of perseverance and vision to get this movie going, and we are grateful to Sony’s 3000 Pictures and Chernin Entertainment for believing in us and getting it on the big screen.” said Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Eric Wilson, along with Bradley’s widow Troy Nowell and son Jakob Nowell. “We know Bradley’s talent and spirit will be part of this incredible journey.”

Gaugh and Wilson, Troy and Jakob Nowell on behalf of Bradley Nowell’s estate, and Scott Seine are producing the film. Marisa Paiva oversees the project for 3000 photos. Jamie Spetner will oversee the project for Chernin.

“We’re thrilled that Sublime’s insanely cool and important story is finally being told,” said Kaplan, their manager. “They were fearless and groundbreaking in bringing together so many musical genres, cultures and lifestyles during their short time as a band, and their music continues to influence musicians and artists to this day.”

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