The success of the Crazy Rich Asians movie this year has paved the way for more Asian actors to shine in Hollywood, owing not only to the brilliance of its author, Kevin Kwan, but also to the vision of the film’s director, Jon M. Chu.
So for Jon to even consider him as the main star for his next project is already a huge honor for Arnel Pineda. Earlier this week, the American director revealed that he’s currently talking with Warner Bros. Entertainment for a proposed biopic starring the Filipino singer and his remarkable journey to Hollywood as the new front man of American rock band, Journey.
“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," said Jon, a self-confessed Journey fan, in a scoop from Deadline Hollywood.
Arnel, whose story was first featured in the Ramona Diaz-directed documentary film Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, recently talked about his excitement for the project, and its intention to touch other people’s lives, especially dreamers like himself.
“Personally, I want this to happen. Maganda ‘to para sa atin, eh. Maganda sa mga dreamer, sa mga nangarap katulad ko who want to make it big, or at least iyon bang ma-recognize man lang ‘yung talent nila. I hope kung mangyari man ‘tong movie na ‘to, mag-open ‘to ng mas malaki pang door para sa mga Filipino at Asians,” said the 51-year-old rock star in an interview with Gretchen Fullido on Monday, December 10.
According to Arnel, he is set to meet with Jon and producers from Warner Bros. to discuss the proposed biopic soon.