As far as rock stars go, few are as iconic and varied as Bob Dylan. The legendary folk singer turned electric, then back again, has had a few forays into the big screen but never has one of his albums been turned into a full feature film – until now.
Brazilian based production company RT Features is set to turn Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” into a proper movie and although the storyline has yet to be disclosed, the company promises they will find a director with a “unique” vision for the project.
Those familiar with the singer-songwriter will remember (with varied feelings) previous Dylan silver screen ventures such as “Pat Garret and Billy the Kid” for which Dylan co-starred and contributed cover friendly creations such as “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” for the film score, as well as winning a Best Song Oscar for his contribution to “Wonder Boys.”
“Blood on the Tracks” is not only considered one of Dylan’s finest creations but one of the best albums in rock, feature classic tracks such as the lyrically perfect “Shelter From the Storm” and “A Simple Twist of Fate,” even spawning cult hits like the equally endearing “Up To Me,” which was left off the album for its similarity to “Shelter From the Storm,” being later released on Dylan’s “Biograph” compilation album.
It is widely believed that the 1975 album is inspired by his separation to then-wife Sara Dylan as the songs contain several allusions to love and loss although the seminal rock icon has denied that it is autobiographical.
Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro of RT Features will produce the English-language film adaptation. No release date has yet been announced.