Bob Dylan biopic ‘CANCELLED’: Timothee Chalamet film ‘not happening’ due to COVID-19

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Bob Dylan has been working as a singer-songwriter for the better part of 60 years. With an incredible amount of iconic music under his belt, the star was even awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. As one of the last great traditional musical artists of our time, he is long overdue for a filmic version of his life story.

Over the past few years reports of his biopic have surfaced.

At the beginning of 2020 it was announced Dune and Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet would be taking on the role of Dylan in the upcoming biopic .

The film is as of yet untitled, but is being referred to as Going Electric.

Unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of the work put into that film has been put on hold, for now.

Chalamet is certainly growing in popularity, and he is reportedly still on board for the film, but the biopic itself is struggling to get off the ground.

In an interview with Collider, Director of Photography Phedon Papamichael recently explained how the film is “on hold”.

Whilst speaking about his new film Trial of the Chicago 7, Papamichael referenced his most recent film, Ford v Ferrari.

He explained: “Well, they’re both ’60s movies. I can’t remember what I did before this. Oh, we were going to do Bob Dylan with [James] Mangold.”

Going on to break the tragic news, he added: “That didn’t happen.”

Papamichael added: “With Timothee Chalamet about going electric in the ’60’s, and it would have been my third ’60’s movie in a row.”

Going on to explain why the film is struggling to get off the ground, he added: “Not [happening] right now. I don’t think it’s dead.

“But it’s a tough one to pull off in a COVID-era because it’s all in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes, so you’ve got lots of hair and makeup.

“So our next project is Indiana Jones 5, actually. Mangold’s doing that.”

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The film is reportedly going to follow Dylan’s transition from folk music to rock n roll.

When the singer moved from his slower, more folk-based music to an electric guitar, his fans were not thrilled.

At the time of announcement, Deadline reported that Dylan’s longtime manager Jeff Rosen was working with the film’s production company Searchlight Pictures.

Dylan has provided a huge influence for music fans and artists alike over the course of his career.

But he was first influenced heavily by the King of Rock n Roll: Elvis Presley.

Unfortunately, when Elvis died on August 16, 1977, it affected Dylan hard – so much so that he didn’t speak for a week after the announcement.

On hearing Elvis’ iconic music for the first time, Dylan said: “I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody and nobody was going to be my boss.

“Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.”

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