Paramount Buys ‘Love In Vain’ Pitch About Blues Pioneer Robert Johnson, ‘Spider-Verse’s Peter Ramsey Directing

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Exclusive: We hear that Paramount has bought the pitch Love In Vain, an unconventional biopic centering around Blues music pioneer Robert Johnson.

Peter Ramsey, after directing the Oscar-and-Golden-Globe winning Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse and Dreamworks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, will make his live-action feature directorial debut with Love in Vain off Krystin Ver Linden’s screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mike Menchel and multi-Grammy winning and platinum recording artist Lionel Richie are producing. The trio are also producing and in development on the untitled Sammy Davis Jr. biopic.

Johnson’s singing, guitar playing and songwriting skills during the 1930s later influenced a generation of musicians including Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Plant. The Mississippi native had a poorly documented life and death, living a short life until the age of 27. In fact, some record producers such as John Hammond were unaware that Johnson had even died
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