'Crazy Rich Asians' director to helm Arnel Pineda's journey in biopic – report

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) — The man behind the box-office hit film 'Crazy Rich Asians' is set to direct the film chronicling the rise to fame of Journey's Filipino frontman Arnel Pineda.

Director Jon M. Chu confirmed to online magazine Deadline on Wednesday that he is working with Warner Bros to create the Arnel Pineda biopic based on the "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" documentary. He said "Maze Runner" producer Marty Bowen will also join the team.

Chu said he wants to highlight the rags-to-riches story of Manila-born and -raised Pineda, who was discovered by the co-founder of '80s rock band Journey through his cover videos on YouTube.

"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," he said in a statement to Deadline.

The director added, "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."

Chu also confirmed the news on Twitter, even retweeting the post of a netizen who was excited that Filipino stories are finally being told in Hollywood.



Arnel Pineda was over the moon after reading the report. He asked Chu and Warner Bros to contact him.

"If this article is even just half-true... I'm quite honored and should be an exciting movie to do," he posted on Instagram on Thursday.


Pineda replaced Steve Perry as the American band's lead singer in 2007.