AT Billy Joel biopic is in the works.
The movie is titled Piano Man and will follow the 72-year-old singer’s early years, including details of when he was discovered by his first manager, Irwin Mazur, at age 16.
Cinematic elements will also include the She’s Got A Way singer’s performances during his days in a Long Island cover band in the 1960s and the 1972 breakthrough performance that captured the attention of legendary record producer Clive Davis.
Piano Man: A Billy Joel biopic is in the works but without the singer’s blessing. The Grammy award winner’s representative said Billy will not be involved with the movie and that no rights in music, name or likeness or life story will be granted to film chiefs
But, there’s a catch.
The Grammy winner’s representative said that the singer will not be involved with the movie and that no rights in music, name or likeness or life story will be granted to film chiefs.
Instead, Jaigantic Studios did a work around, acquiring the life rights to Mazur, who managed the singer-songwriter from 1965 to 1972, the year before his breakthrough song and album Piano Man was released.
Work around: The film’s producers bought the rights to the life story of the She’s Got A Way singer’s first manager, Irwin Mazur, who is providing details for the script based on his experience with Joel in the early days of his career
Family way: The script for Piano Man is being written by The Devil’s Whisper writer Adam Ripp, whose father, Artie, produced Joel’s first album, Cold Spring Harbor, in 1971; seen in 1974
According to the producers, music needs for the film are ‘yet to be determined.’
In the meantime, the project is being developed by Michael Jai White’s Jaigantic Studios with Adam Rip tapped to write and direct.
Ripp’s father, Artie, signed Billy to his first record deal as a solo artist and produced his debut album Cold Spring Harbor in 1971.
His pretty ex: Joel has had a busy love life: he was wed to supermodel Christie Brinkley who was in his Uptown Girls music video. They were married from 1985 until 1994. Seen in 1990
She still looks incredible: Here the star is seen in a white suit on Instagram this year
In a statement, The Devil’s Whisper writer said, ‘Billy Joel has been a part of my life since my father signed him to his record label when I was four years old; his music is ingrained in my DNA and it’s been a dream of mine as a filmmaker to explore and celebrate the untold story of how Billy Joel became the Piano Man.’
Former manager Mazur added, ‘What a dream come true!
‘These are the real-life events I witnessed first-hand that shaped Billy from a keyboard player in the local Long Island band, The Hassles, into the iconic musician, singer-songwriter and entertainer who thrills audiences around the world, today.’
What a cutie! And the iconic crooner was married to celebrity chef and cookbook author Katie Lee from 2004 until 2009. Seen in New York
Piano Man will be executive produced by Jaigantic Studios with Mazur and Ripp producing.
Joel has had a busy love life: he was wed to supermodel Christie Brinkley who was in his Uptown Girls music video. They were married from 1985 until 1994.
And the iconic crooner was married to celebrity chef and cookbook author Katie Lee from 2004 until 2009.
His current wife is named Alexis Roderick; they tied the knot in 2015.
Happy at last: His current wife is named Alexis Roderick; they tied the knot in 2015. Seen in 2013 in Washington