Planned Dennis Wilson Biopic May Never Happen

It seems the long-in-the-works feature film centering around the life of original Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson is officially off.

The biopic The Drummer, which starred Aaron Eckhart as Wilson, is indefinitely shelved after the project lost its leading man. Eckhart dropped out of the film after being too exhausted following the shooting of another project I, Frankenstein.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers of the film have now revealed that after losing its star, the Dennis Wilson Estate has “no plan for proceeding with the Drummer project.”

In 2011, Wilson’s son Carl and daughter Jennifer signed on to co-produce the film directed by Director Randall Miller and written by Jody Savin, but their unease about the screenplay contributed to the production’s delay.

The film’s prime focus was last six years of Wilson’s life, including the release of his solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as his battle with alcohol leading up to his death in 1983. Eckhart spent six months learning to sing and play drums for the movie, which also starred Vera Farmiga as Wilson’s girlfriend, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Wilson, who drowned in Marina Del Rey on Dec. 28, 1983.

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