According to Variety, a Billy Joel biopic has been greenlit by Jaigantic Studios, a film studio created by actor Michael Jai White. It looks like the team behind the upcoming movie took inspiration from “Rocketman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as the new movie is also named after Joel’s most popular song: “Piano Man.” The film would cover Joel’s early years shortly after his discovery by manager Irwin Mazur, chronicling his rise to fame and stardom.
Oddly enough, Billy Joel himself isn’t involved in the project in any capacity, and as such Jaigantic Studios doesn’t own the rights to his music, name, or life story. Instead, Jaigantic acquired the rights to tell the story from Irwin Mazur, who discovered Joel in 1965 and managed him until 1972. Given that Billy Joel’s commercial breakthrough (and the title of the movie itself) “Piano Man” was released in 1973, it looks like the movie will be forced to follow Joel’s story before he became a superstar, although it’s unclear if that story will be told or not through the perspective of Mazur or that of Joel. It’s certainly odd that a biopic about a musician doesn’t feature any of his music, but (for better or worse) that seems to be what the next “Piano Man” will be.