The filmmakers have acquired the life rights from Wilson, as well as permission to use his music. Since the story will stretch across at least four decades, it's possible that multiple actors will portray Wilson. There's no timeline for the film's release. In 2000 ABC broadcast The Beach Boys: An American Family, a four-hour TV movie that traced the first two decades of the band's career. Ten years earlier, ABC broadcast Summer Dreams: The Story of The Beach Boys - which was widely derided for its historical inaccuracies.
The movie is one of many Beach Boys projects in the works as the 50th anniversary story of the group's formation approaches. The legendary 1966/67 SMiLE sessions - often bootlegged but never officially released - are going to hit shelves in a super deluxe edition sometime later this year. Rumors are also swirling that the surviving members of the group are going to tour next year, but so far nothing has been confirmed. "I'm considering it," Brian Wilson recently told the BBC. "I don't know yet, but I am considering it. Nothing's really holding me back. I just don't know if I want to be around those guys, you know? They're zany guys. They're crazy."
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- Oren Moverman