Do you consider yourself a Deadhead? Then you'll be glad to know that the 'behind the scenes' antics of your favorite band are coming to the big screen. Home Before Daylight, a book written by two of The Dead's roadies, Steve Parish and Joe Layden, is being adapted by Michael Grais. Grais will also be producing the film and Bob Weir (guitarist for The Grateful Dead) is in full support of the project. Grais is the guy who was also responsible also for the story of Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire starring Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder. He apparently has a special affection towards The Grateful Dead, telling Variety that his first experience with the Dead was as an usher in 1970 where the band -- known for hours upon hours of improvisational tunes -- "played all night."
The script is currently in the making -- Parish and Grais have been working on it together for the last month in the San Francisco area, which was of course the stomping grounds of the band. The story library that Parish and Grais will have to choose from must be vast, seeing as how the band kept going strong well into the mid 90s. There's been no talk yet about casting for the band members -- I think Jack Black very well could find his way in there somewhere. Jerry Garcia, perhaps?