There are a couple country legends, no longer with us, whose lives would be SO interesting in a movie: Johnny Paycheck and Merle Haggard. The former we’ll still have to wait, but the latter is on the way.
Amazon Studios has acquired a package for biopic film of “The Hag’s” life. Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell is looking to play Haggard, and he will do his own singing of classic Haggard’s songs (recorded during the ‘60s when the picture is set).
Robin Bissell will direct the film, and he will write the script with Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard, based on the Haggard memoir Sing Me Back Home. Bissell and Haggard will produce the film together.