‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Excited to Bring Journey Frontman Story to Silver Screen

Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu has signed on to take charge of Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda‘s life story.

The Filipino singer was snapped up as the classic rock band’s frontman after guitarist Neal Schon spotted him performing in a Journey tribute band on YouTube.

Pineda, who has been credited with reviving the group’s fortunes in recent years, was the subject of documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” and now that film has inspired a biopic, which Chu will direct.

“The success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new perspectives from all around the world,” Chu tells Deadline. “This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago.

“A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage (literally) has all the ingredients I love about movies. Plus I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story with my partners at Warner Bros, who have been a leading champion of diverse voices in front and behind the camera.”

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