Lee Daniels Sets Amy Adams for Janis Joplin Biopic; Plans MISS SAIGON Film Adaptation

Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER may have just debuted, but the acclaimed director has his sights set on his next two projects.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Daniels has confirmed that he's committed to bringing the long-stalled Janis Joplin biopic to the big screen - with Amy Adams playing the bluesy rock legend.

"This is my next project for sure," he told THR. "I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart -- intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts."

On Adams' casting, Daniels aptly said: "Guess what? She can sing her ass off!"

Daniels didn't stop there. He also revealed he's planning a film adaptation of the much-loved Boublil-Schönberg musical MISS SAIGON.

"After Joplin, I'm hoping to get Miss Saigon off the ground," he confirmed. "And then -- I want to make a horror movie!"

For The Hollywood Reporter's original story, click here.

As BWW previously reported, MISS SAIGON will return to the West End in May 2014, and play the Prince Edward Theatre. Tickets go on sale September 9, 2013.

Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh's production of Alain Boublil and Claude- Michel Schönberg's epic musical MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history and the greatest success ever to play the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. As well as record breaking London and Broadway runs, MISS SAIGON has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

MISS SAIGON has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with Musical Staging by Bob Avian and additional Choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley from an original concept by Adrian Vaux, Costume Design by Andreane Neofitou, Orchestrations by William David Brohn, Lighting Design by Bruno Poet and Sound Design by Mick Potter.

Photo by Stewart Cook / Rex USA, Jim Smeal / BEImages

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