‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director to helm Arnel Pineda biopic

Gelo Lasin

A Filipino icon is about to get his own international big screen treatment, a la ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ style.

Deadline recently reported that Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is getting his own biopic which will be helmed by ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director Jon M. Chu in cooperation with Warner Brothers.


Currently, Warner Brothers is working on getting the license to Journey’s original songs. The studio recently acquired the rights to a 2012 documentary of Arnel’s rise to fame titled ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’.

Director Jon M. Chu shared the inspo behind his decision of adapting Arnel’s story:

‘ The success of Crazy Rich Asians has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new perspectives from all around the world.

This story, in particular, has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago.

A true fairy tale and a triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage (literally) have all the ingredients I love about movies.’


Arnel’s biopic comes off the heels of Hollywood’s recent interest in the lives of legendary musicians, as seen in Freddie Mercury’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the upcoming Elton John flick, ‘Rocketman’.


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