-- A planned biopic titled The Drummer about late Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson has been indefinitely shelved, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film's producers tell the publication that several factors have led to the project being put on ice, including the fact that actor Aaron Eckhart, who'd signed on to star in the film, dropped out in June 2012, because he was apparently exhausted from working on another movie, the upcoming I, Frankenstein.
"It was a huge blow for us when Eckhart pulled out," says The Drummer's music supervisor Brad Rosenberger, noting that the actor had spent a half year preparing for the role by taking singing lessons and learning to drum and play piano.
In addition, Shelley Surpin, the trustee who oversees Dennis' estate for his two children, Carl and Jennifer, confirmed in an email to The Hollywood Reporter "that there is no plan for proceeding with the Drummer project."
According to Gregg Jakobson, who worked as Wilson's producer and songwriting partner, Dennis' kids -- who'd agreed to co-produce the flick in October 2011 -- were not entirely happy with the screenplay, which was penned by Jody Savin.
Meanwhile, Rosenberger says Wilson's children still are interested "to see a movie honoring their father" come to fruition. He adds, "There are no plans to make this Dennis Wilson movie now, but I don't think it would be accurate to say we don't want a movie to be made."
The Drummer was to have focused on the last few years of Wilson's life, including the recording of his 1977 solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, his turbulent personal relationships, his struggles with drugs and alcohol and his December 1983 death in an apparent drowning accident in Marina del Rey, California. Actress Vera Farmiga had signed on to portray Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, who was romantically involved with Wilson following the breakup of her marriage to band mate John McVie.
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