Roy Orbison’s estate has authorized a new biopic about the iconic singer. As Deadline reports, the upcoming The Big O: Roy Orbison will be executive produced by Wesley Orbison, Chuck Fleckenstein, and Ron Moore and produced by Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr. and Marty Katz. With all of Orbison’s surviving children involved in the production, the movie package has the rights to almost all of his songs and recordings. There’s no director yet, but Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans (Stand By Me, Starman, Mr. Brooks) have been tapped to pen the script.
“My dad’s story is a fantastic journey,” says Alex Orbison. “He was so inspiring as a person because, after everything he had been through, good and bad, he still had a positive outlook on life, and was kind and wonderful. The movie will mirror a Roy Orbison song: having triumph and tragedy, sometimes losing the girl and sometimes getting the girl, and ending on a high note. Our father’s life story has an undeniably cinematic quality to it. We feel that the telling of it is in extraordinarily capable hands with Bruce and Ray and the overall team that will bring The Big O finally to the screen.”