Warner Bros is teaming up with “Crazy Rich Asians” Jon M. Chu to chronicle the life of Journey lead singer, Arnel Pineda.
Several reports have surfaced online that Warner Bros is set to make a full-length Hollywood movie of the “obscurity-to-fame story” of the Filipino singer. The Deadline noted that the Warner Bros is still negotiating to license the original Journey tunes but has already acquired the rights to “Don’t Stop Believing: Everyman’s Journey,” a 2012 documentary about Arnel’s rise to fame.
Director Chu shared with Deadline his inspiration, “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 also explained how Pineda’s story captivated him. Chu said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Pineda already reacted on the news of a possible film about his life. On his Instagram, he clarified that Director Chu has yet to reach out to him but he is excited and honored.