The Doors Co-Founder Ray Manzarek's "The Poet In Exile" Headed for Big Screen
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:01:24
The idea that The Doors vocalist Jim Morrison may have faked his own death in 1971 is a prevailing rock 'n' roll idea.
Perhaps that's why Tim Sullivan has optioned the rights to The Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek's bestselling novel The Poet in Exile. (In case you are interested in the behind-the-scenes, plans call for a feature film to be written and directed by Sullivan and produced by Manzarek. Sullivan will co-write the script with Chillerama producer and editor Gavin Heffernan (Expiration) and New Mexico poet/author Liz Sullivan (Icons and Outcasts). )
Published to strong acclaim, Manzarek's novel explores the notion "what if" his former bandmate, the iconic rock and roll poet and legend Jim Morrison, did indeed stage his death in 1971, as widely speculated. Now, 40 years later, contacts Manzarek from his hiding place in the Seychelles Islands to embark on one final journey of rock and roll rebellion.
The Doors are not unfamiliar with the celluloid screen. Between Oliver Stone's epic biopic The Doors and the highly praised documentary When You're Strange, (which was narrated by Johnny Depp) the fame and folklore of Jim Morrison and company has seen its share of high-profile cinematic treatment. But never before has an actual Doors film project originated from a member of the band.
"The number one question I get asked is, 'Do you think Jim Morrison's really dead?'" Manzarek revealed. "All I can say is, I personally have not seen or heard from Jim since he left for Paris 40 years ago. And I miss that guy. He was a poet. A Dionysus to my Apollo. A great performer, a shaman. And a damn good friend. The real Jim, the human Jim, always gets overshadowed by the Morrison myths and legends. But that's the Jim I captured with the book and, along with Tim Sullivan, seek to capture with the film."
While known primarily for his presence in the horror genre, Sullivan is no stranger to the field of music, having served as MTV News staff writer and producer of the Kiss rock and roll comedy Detroit Rock City as well as producer of the unreleased documentary on The Doors of the 21st Century's reunion tour, his first collaboration with Manzarek.
"The spirit of Jim, the spirit of the 60's, truly lives on in Ray," said Sullivan. "Ever since I first read Poet, I knew it would make an amazing film. Ideals and dreams never die, but they often have a difficult time breaking through to new generations. That's what this story is about, the perseverance of love and truth, as embodied in the deep bond and friendship between two incredible artists."
Do you think you'd want to see Poet in Exile? Have you read it?