Bob Dylan’s Biopic is on Indefinite Hold

Timothee Chalamet. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/AGF/Shutterstock (10377905aa)

Going Electric, the working title of the searchlight Pictures’ movie depicting the life of legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, seems to be halted.

The movie’s cinematographer Phedon Papamichael told Collider that the project is on indefinite hold. Papamichael said that the movie was to be centered on the ’60s, the era in which Dylan started using the electric guitar.

He explained that the COVID-19 restrictions made it a challenge to film as the movie called for multiples close-quartered sets with lots of extras in period costumes, hair, and makeup. “I don’t think it’s dead, but it’s a tough one to pull off in a Covid-era.” He said.

Timothée Chalamet was set to star in the movie’s lead role. The movie was to be an adaptation of a book by Elijah Ward about the period and the then-controversial move to the electric sound. The director was set to be James Mangold who directed Logan.

Chalamet has reportedly already started learning to play the guitar. He has also contacted director Joel Coen who directed the Dylan inspired Inside Llewyn Davis for advice on playing the role.