They might have looked like a bunch of "squares," but The Beach Boys were one of the most influential groups of the 1960's. The legend of founder Brian Wilson and his breakdown has been fodder for both musicians and filmmakers alike, but it was always in the hushed tones of gossip and veiled references. Now Wilson has gotten in on the act and has made a deal with producer Mark Gordon for his life story. Variety reported that Wilson has teamed up with David Leaf, who directed the Wilson documentary Beautiful Dreamer; Brian Wilson And The Story of SMiLE, and they're putting together a package including rights to use Wilson's music for the film.

The story of Wilson's confinement by his shrink/guru Eugene Landy has almost become a rock-and-roll urban legend. His isolation combined with stories of Wilson's troubled relationship with his father, drug issues and mental health problems, there's a lot of ground to cover. The timing couldn't be better -- look at the success of films like Ray and Walk The Line at the box office. And don't forget the probable Oscar nomination for any actor who gets the part (troubled musicians seem to be a guarantee of a nod it not the win itself). The project is still looking for a writer so it looks like we're going to have to wait for a while for the finished product.

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