A new Jerry Garcia biopic focusing on his early life in the Bay Area is currently in preproduction, according to Billboard. The film will shed light on Garcia's pre-Grateful Dead life, including his time in the U.S. Army, "a life-changing car accident, and his first creative encounters with members of the Northern California music scene such as future Dead bassist Phil Lesh."
The production is being based on author Robert Greenfield's book Dark Star, which featured first-person recollections of Garcia by friends and family who knew him best. Music rights to the still unnamed project are still being ironed out. No title or release date has been announced.Last week it was announced that Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Jefferson Airplane have signed on to provide music for an upcoming Grateful Dead biopic also in preproduction, based on roadie Steve Parish's 2003 memoir Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead. Bob Weir has signed on to supervise the music for the film.