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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Dylan knocking on Paramount's door

Paramount Pictures has reached agreement with Killer Films and Wells Prods. to produce a film about the life of Bob Dylan.

The project, tentatively titled "I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan," is being scripted by writer-director Todd Haynes. Music rights to the production will remain the property of Dylan.

Specifics on the movie are sketchy, in an interview Killer principal Christine Vachon said, "The film is going be inspired by Dylan's music and his ability to re-create and re-imagine himself time and time again."

The film will have seven characters standing in for different aspects of Dylan at different points in his career, intercut with different historical moments in America. "And," Haynes adds, "it's about the history of the left."

Martin Scorsese, the executive producer of The Blues series, announced last year that he was planning to direct a documentary about Dylan and the influence of Dylan's early music on the cultural and political landscape of American and the world.

That project is being financed by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Spitfire Pictures, along with Thirteen/WNET New York and BBC Television.

Calling all Dylanologists! (This means you Senor Daley)
What are the seven stages of Dylan? Are they chronological (Folkie, Protest Singer, Poet, Rocker, Post Motorcycle Crash country boy,?@70's Rock God, Born-Again Christian, Reformed songsmith and travelling song and dance man?) Album based? Character based? Post your theories here!