Wood Goes from Hobbit to Stooge
No, not Larry, Moe and Curly
According to Variety, Nick Gomez ("Drowning Mona") is directing the biopic, which focuses on Pop's earliest musical days, based on a script by Eric Schmid. Pop has wished the project well, but won't have a direct role in the production.
The deal for the film, produced by This Is That Prods. and Traction Media, had been rumored for some time, but was formally announced at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
Born James Osterberg Jr., Pop is considered one of the godfathers of punk music. It's unclear how much of Pop's early life will be covered in "The Passengers," whether it will focus on the late-60s birth of The Stooges and the flamboyant, often drug-fueled stage hijinx that helped define a movement, or on his later years allowing his angry rage-filled anthems about unhinged youth to be used in car commercials for Baby Boomers.
The film is reported to be budgeted in the $6-to-8 million range. Production should begin in the next six months (allowing Wood to work his way into that trademark Pop physique) with a finished film for summer 2008.
Wood was most recently seen in the dramas "Bobby," "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Green Street Hooligans." He is, of course, best known as the young star of "Flipper" and "North," as well as for a slightly more recent series of movies about orcs and hobbits.