Sublime’s promising career may have been cut short by the death of singer Bradley Nowell, but their music survived and now their story will be told in film form. Sony’s 3000 Pictures, Chernin Entertainment, Dave Kaplan and Pater Paterno are developing a film about the iconic ska-punk band.
Some of the details are starting to come together with Francis Lawrence now on board to direct the film. The Australian director is best known for directing films in The hunger Games series, while taking films such as red sparrow and Some water for the elephants. Lawrence got his start in the music business directing videos for Bad Religion, Fastball, Third Eye Blind, Aerosmith, Green Day, POD Garbage, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Incubus, Goo Goo Dolls, Audioslave and others.
Four-time Emmy nominee Chris Mundy, best known for his work on ozarkas well as the television series Line, Hell on wheels and Criminal minds, wrote the screenplay for the biopic Sublime. Sublime band members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, along with Troy and Jakob Nowell on behalf of the estate of Surfdog/DKM’s Bradley Nowell and Scott Stein will serve as executive producers.
“Wow – we can’t believe this is finally happening and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the great Francis Lawrence and Chris Mundy telling our story. We are so grateful to Peter Paterno and Dave Kaplan/Surfdog for their years of perseverance and vision in making this film and grateful to Sony’s 3000 Pictures and Chernin Entertainment for believing in us and bringing it to the big screen,” said Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Eric Wilson, as well as Bradley’s widow Troy Nowell and son Jake Nowell.”We know Bradley’s talent and spirit will be part of this incredible journey.”
Sublime arrived on the scene in 1992 with their 40oz. to freedom album, making inroads on alt-rock radio with “Smoke Two Joints”, “Badfish”, and “Date Rape”. The most experimental album steal the hood followed in 1994, but their biggest hit would come shortly after Nowell’s death in 1996. The eponymous Gorgeous The album produced the hit single “What I Got”, as well as “Santeria”, “Wrong Way”, “Doin’ Time”, “Caress Me Down”, and “April 29, 1992 (Miami)”. The album was certified six times platinum in the United States by the RIAA.
“We’re thrilled that the incredibly cool and important story of Sublime is finally being told,” said manager Dave Kaplan. “They were fearless and pioneering in bringing together so many musical genres, cultures and lifestyles during their short time as a band, and their music still influences musicians and artists to this day. Peter Paterno and I have spent the last six years looking for the right partners and we pinch ourselves with this “Dream Team” of Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva at 3000 Pictures, Francis Lawrence, Chris Mundy and the folks at Chernin and we can’t wait to see this film being made.
A release date hasn’t been revealed and other things about the film are still in the works, but securing the director, writer, and studio is the first step for Sublime’s story to finally come to life. big screen. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.