Given the stature and disposition of the Bob Dylan biopic, and of the talents associated with the movie, it is perhaps best if its production does not take off so quickly. While it would certainly be a cinematic gem if it ever happens, period music-biopics and costume dramas like Going Electric can simply not compromise on their theatrical display and fine aesthetics.
Additionally, Chalamet’s casting was subject to mixed reactions from fans. So now that the movie has been put back, it gives the makers more time to warm audiences up to the casting or to even recast the title role.
During an interview with Collider, DP Papamichael confirmed that the Bob Dylan biopic has been put on hold indefinitely. “We were going to do Bob Dylan with Mangold that didn’t happen,” said Papamichael, who had collaborated with Mangold on the 2019 Academy-nominated movie Ford v. Ferrari.
He is due to reteam with him for Indiana Jones 5. “I don’t think it’s dead, but it’s a tough one to pull off in a COVID-era because it’s all in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes, so you’ve got lots of hair and makeup,” he added citing the ongoing pandemic as the mainreason behind the film being put off.
According to Papamichael, that while the project’s periodic nuances and occasionally claustrophobic club settings make it difficult to film right away, the Bob Dylan biopic is not completely off the table. But at the moment, Papamichael has not confirmed if and when there will be discussions about bringing the movie back on track.