They’re Making a Movie About Scott Weiland

  • Axl Rosenberg

Late Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland is getting a biopic.

The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports that Dark Pictures and Orian Williams have optioned the rights to Weiland’s 2011 memoir (written with David Ritz), Not Dead & Not for Sale. The movie version will be called Paper Heart.

The adaptation is being written by Dark Pictures co-founder Jennifer Erwin (Netflix’s Mindhunter), who is described as “a diehard Stone Temple Pilots fan.”

Says Erwin in a statement:

“It’s an honor to have the trust to tell Scott’s story and the ability to portray the lesser known sides of him – the loving and tender man he was, the high school athlete he was, the melancholy soul he was and the legendary frontman that he will always be.”

Adds Dark Pictures co-founder Anne Beagan:

“Scott was glamorous, complicated and wounded. His childhood had a big effect on his struggles with addiction.”

There are still a LOT of steps between now and actually making a movie. Erwin, Beagan, and Williams are all reputable, but not quite “powerhouses” in the industry. There’s no director attached. There’s no star attached. There’s no funding or distribution. I assume the surviving members of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver still need to sign off on using their music (but maybe not).

Point being, we are still years away from seeing Paper Heart, if we ever see it at all.

While we wait for more information: who do you think oughta play Weiland? Sound off in the comments section below.

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