28 Entertainment has acquired the story rights to George Jones and his wife Nancy for a feature film about the life and career of one of country music’s most legendary artists. The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter and produced by Dennis and 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman, depicts George’s life as a country star while battling personal demons.
“Over the years we have been approached to make George’s life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately,” Nancy Jones said. “George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story. Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production.”
Nancy will serve as Executive Producer and consult on the project. Dennis worked closely with both George and Nancy before George passed away April 26 at the age of 81. “George had hoped to see the movie before he passed and worked with me to make sure the story was complete,” he said.
The film will follow George’s rise to fame while also diving into his battles with alcoholism and drugs. It is a story of healing, faith and unconditional love, a life that fell apart in the spotlight and was saved by the love story of Nancy and George.
“George’s career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world,” Jay Hoffman of 28 Entertainment said. “We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen.”
George Jones had 14 No. 1 hits and more than 150 songs on the charts, including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is largely regarded as the greatest country music song of all time.