UNCUT: Arnel Pineda on planned biopic by ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2018 01:17 AM

Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda said he is “honored and thrilled” to be the subject of a possible big-screen biopic by “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, but stopped short of confirming if the project will push through.

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Speaking with ABS-CBN News’ Gretchen Fullido, Pineda said on Monday he is set to meet with Chu and producer Warner Bros in the coming weeks.

He teased that new details will emerge then. For now, he offered that the breakout director and the Hollywood film outfit were eyeing to trace his becoming the revived Journey’s frontman to his childhood in Manila.

“Personally, I want this to happen. Maganda ‘to para sa atin, eh. Maganda sa mga dreamer, sa mga nangarap katulad ko who want to make it big, or at least iyon bang ma-recognize man lang ‘yung talent nila. I hope kung mangyari man ‘tong movie na ‘to, mag-open ‘to ng mas malaki pang door para sa mga Filipino at Asians,” he said.

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Pineda, who was discovered by Journey co-founder Neal Schon on YouTube, said he would want the film to cover his family’s struggles when he was a child, his “hand-to-mouth existence” as a singer, his “demons” that were drugs and alcohol, and how he surpassed those and focus on his dreams.

The Chu-helmed movie, should it push through, would not be the first time Pineda’s story will be told in a feature-length film. In 2012, the documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” unraveled the fairy tale that was Pineda’s overnight transition from performing at bars to sold-out stadiums.