After more than a decade of attempts—including some that involved Amy Adams and Zooey Deschanel, but were quickly scrapped for being "too obvious," probably—a biopic of ballsy, boozy singer Janis Joplin is finally moving forward, one that provides little to no context in which to make amusing reference to the "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" episode of 30 Rock. Deadline reports that Joplin will focus on the last six months of '60s icon's life, with frequent flashbacks to her early career, a factually accurate dramatic structure that differs greatly from Sing Them Blues, White Girl: The Jackie Jormp-Jomp Story that was fake-created for the fictional character Jenna Maroney on the NBC sitcom, which has become a go-to reference on the Internet any time news of a rock biopic is announced, or Janis Joplin's name is so much as mentioned.
Furthermore, the film boasts Tony Award-winning Venus In Fur actress Nina Arianda in the lead role and will be directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sean Durkin—a critically acclaimed creative team that is a far cry from the corporate synergy-forced duo of the star of a mediocre sketch comedy show and the Sheinhardt Wig Company, as seen on the 30 Rock episode that everyone would really like to reference right now. And unlike that forthcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic that really did afford ample opportunity to joke about "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" and have fun doing so, Joplin has the rights to use 21 of Joplin's most famous songs and allow Arianda to sing them accurately with the actual lyrics. "Come on, take another little chunk of my lung now, baby," the Internet sang hopefully, to which a somber Joplin answered, "No, sorry, that does not apply here."
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