Rufus Wainwright is working on a biopic about himself, becoming the latest high-profile musician to cross over into screenwriting. Craig Finn wrote a script of Chuck Klostermann’s first book “Fargo Rock City” with Tom Ruprecht, one of David Letterman’s writers, and now Wainwright is working with Tony Award-wining director Enda Walsh on a biopic loosely based on himself, called “The Great White Way.”
From the sounds of it, it’ll be one of those movies like “Across the Universe” that uses the songs from one artist’s catalog to color a story.
Of working with Walsh, Wainwright tells Rolling Stone, “It’s loosely based on my life – very, very loose. Perhaps it’s more of a kind of mythic Rufus that he’s trying to create. It stems from some of my past glories and tragic endings, but it’s by no means a biography of me or anything.”
From Wainwright’s famously musical family to his self-described “past glories and tragic endings,” he’s probably got a few good stories up his sleeve.