The life of the late country legend Merle Haggard may soon be headed to the silver screen.
According to a report from Deadline, GMH Productions has obtained the rights to a script entitled Done It All, which is based on Haggard’s life story. Penned by Cinderella Man writer Cliff Hollingsworth, the project was developed in conjunction with Carl Cooper, a friend who Haggard personally referred him to help with the film.
The idea for the biopic originally came from producer Donald Kushner, who had been in discussions with Haggard about creating a movie based on his life and music. With Haggard’s legacy fresh in country fans minds following his passing, it’s unsurprising that Hollywood is wasting no time in getting the film into production.
Haggard’s story is a great and complicated one, which began in extreme poverty while living with his family inside a remodeled boxcar in California. After a difficult childhood and the loss of his father, Haggard eventually found himself incarcerated in San Quentin Prison. It was there in 1958 where he saw the now-legendary performance by Johnny Cash that changed his life and inspired him to change his life and focus on country music.
The script for Done It All is reportedly completed and the search for actors and producers will likely begin in the coming weeks. Country fans should cross their fingers that the project will be better received than I Saw The Light, the recent Hank Williams biopic that has struggled with critical reviews and poor viewership.