Deadline is exclusively reporting that Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu will be reteaming with Warner Bros. to direct the biopic of singer Arnel Pineda, a Filipino singer whose YouTube video led him to become the frontman for rock band Journey.
Arnel Pineda began singing at the age of fifteen, who attempt to launch a music career several times but didn’t have any luck. When his cover songs from bands like Led Zeppelin and Journey were posted on YouTube, it caught the attention of Neal Schon, the co-founder of Journey. Schon couldn’t get original lead singer Steve Perry to return and was ready to call it a day for Joruney when he stumbled across Pineda, who he thought would be to replicate the vocals of Perry for the band. Pineda would join Journey and soon they’d be back touring in stadiums again.
In a statement to Deadline, Jon M. Chu said:
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. 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.
Wanrer Bros. acquired the rights to Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, which was the 2012 documentary that chronicled Pineda’s rise, but the studio is in negotiations to acquire the license to the original Journey songs, most written by Perry and Schon. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen will serve as producer on the project.