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Joni Mitchell pulled plug on biopic over Taylor Swift’s involvement

on November 25, 2014, 12:05pm

Music biopics have emerged as one of Hollywood’s favorite trends as of late. Currently in the works are films about Brian Wilson, Hank Williams, N.W.A., Guns ‘n’ Roses, and, as confirmed just last week, Janis Joplin. However, don’t expect to see a biopic about Joni Mitchell anytime soon.

In a new interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Mitchell revealed plans for a 2012 film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book Girls Like Us, which chronicled the legacies of Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. The film would have starred Jessica Pare (Mad Men) as Simon, Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as King, and none other than Taylor Swift as Mitchell.

However, as Mitchell explained, she shot down the project due to Swift’s involvement and gossipy nature of the plot. “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones’. It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books, assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions.”

In related news, Mitchell recently released a new career spanning anthology called Love Has Many Faces.