Paramount Pictures has snapped up the rights to turn Peter Guralnick‘s book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll into a film — and Leonardo DiCaprio will be front and center in the title role as Sam Phillips.
Phillips was the visionary music producer who originated the tiny Memphis record label Sun Records, which was home to Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and others.
Along with Phil Chess of Chess Records (who passed away just a few days ago at age 95), Phillips is credited as one of the towering and influential figures in early rock and roll. He was also a noted equality advocate and was instrumental in breaking down color barriers within the music industry.
Hmm. He may also have actually been Charlie Sheen.
DiCaprio will also get a production credit on the film along with Mick Jagger (who will hopefully see more positive results than he did from HBO‘s Vinyl), Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn and Guralnick. A director and writer for the project have yet to be announced.