‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ director eyes movie about Arnel Pineda: report

MANILA – Singer Arnel Pineda has chimed in on an online report
that the director of the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians” is
making a full-length film about his ascent from obscurity to
his role as lead singer of the iconic ’80s arena rock band
Journey. 

On Instagram, Pineda said he is waiting for director Jon M. Chu
to reach out to him.

“If this article is even just half-true … I’m quite honored..
and should be an exciting movie to do .. but you need to reach
out to me #MrJonMChu @wbpictures coz I’m right here waiting ..”
Pineda wrote in the caption.

A
Deadline
article said Chu and Warner Bros are teaming up
again to chronicle the obscurity-to-fame story of Filipino
singer, Pineda.

It said the studio is negotiating to license the original
Journey tunes, most written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon.
Warner Bros has acquired rights to Don’t Stop Believin’:
Everyman’s Journey, which chronicles Schon’s search for a new
Journey frontman and the discovery of Pineda’s talent on
YouTube. 

“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,” Chu said in a statement
to Deadline. 

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