The Director of Crazy Rich Asians Is Making a Movie About Arnel Pineda
The Journey frontman says he's just waiting!
(SPOT.ph) Fresh from the success of 2018's Crazy Rich Asians, director Jon M. Chu is already planning on telling more stories that are usually overlooked in Hollywood. Aside from expressing his interest in making a movie about the heroic Thai Cave Rescue that happened in July, Chu is also planning on making a film about another true story: Arnel Pineda's.
In a report by Deadline, Chu is reportedly already in talks with Warner Bros. (the same studio behind Crazy Rich Asians) to work on a biography about the Journey frontman. Those familiar with the story already know that Pineda, who started out singing at a Shakey's branch in Manila, was discovered by Journey's co-founder Neal Schon because of his YouTube videos. Schon saw that Pineda can hit all of original lead singer Steve Perry's notes, which led to Pineda making it in the band. There's no doubt that it's a story perfect for a movie.
Chu says, "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." He shares that he's been stuck on Pineda's story ever since he learned about it. "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."
No writer has been attached to the project yet, but it'll be produced by Marty Bowen, who's worked on Love, Simon, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, Dear John, and the Twilight movies, to name a few. The report also says that Warner Bros. has already acquired the rights to Journey's 2012 documentary called Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey.
Meanwhile, Pineda talked about the news on his own Instagram account, saying, "If this article is even just half-true, I'm quite honored and [it] should be an exciting movie to do." He reveals that Chu and Warner Bros. haven't reached out to him yet, but reassures them that he's "right here waiting." Let's hope they iron out the details soon!