LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Warner Bros. and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Jon. M. Chu, are re-teaming to present the story of Journey singer Arnel Pineda, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Pineda, an obscure, and poor, Filipino singer, was discovered by Journey founder Neal Schon through YouTube as he searched for the a replacement for the nearly irreplaceable Steve Perry and his followup, Steve Augeri. More than a replacement, however, Pineda has been in the band for a longer period of time than any of its other singers, including Perry.
The studio is negotiating to license the original Journey tunes, most wrtten by Perry and Schon, according to Deadline. It has also acquired the rights to the 2012 documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” which chronicles the tale of Pineda.
“Chu’s vision is to make an empowering movie that follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of a formerly homeless Filipino singer to overnight rock star,” Deadline said.
“The success of Crazy Rich Asians has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new perspectives from all around the world,” Chu said in a statement to Deadline. “This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago. A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage (literally) has all the ingredients I love about movies. Plus I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story with my partners at Warner Bros who have been a leading champion of diverse voices in front and behind the camera.”