Cameron Crowe Developing Joni Mitchell Film

Cameron Crowe and Joni Mitchell

by James White |
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Though he hasn't exactly been radio silent – he's produced documentaries and shorts and helped guide a stages musical based on Almost Famous to Broadway – Cameron Crowe has certainly been quieter since the 2015/2016 double-whammy of failure that was Aloha in cinemas and Roadies on TV. But he's back developing a passion project about one of his favourite people: folk icon Joni Mitchell.

According to Above The Line's Jeff Schneider, Crowe has been working with the 79-year-old music legend (who he has known since the 1970s, when he was a cub reporter working for Rolling Stone) to craft a film that will be more than a standard biopic.

Few concrete details are available, beyond the fact that it'll be narrative rather than documentary, so we don't know whether it'll feature actors of different ages playing Mitchell through the years or find some other creative way to tell her story. But the folk music legend — winner of 10 Grammys and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1997 – certainly has both the story and the back catalogue worthy of a movie. Hopefully this will see Crowe return to his Oscar-winning classic form.

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