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Journey Biopic Will Focus on Fairy Tale Success Story of Filipino Singer Arnel Pineda

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06.12.2018

Already having a whirlwind 2018 with the release of the milestone Asian-American rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, director Jon M. Chu is continuing to dream big for more representation in Hollywood. For his latest studio project, the director will back yet another Asian success story, this time finding its protagonist in the Philippines.

According to Deadline, Chu is set to return to his roots of music-infused films — let’s not forget that he made some Step Up movies and not one, but two Justin Bieber concert films. He will direct a biographical movie based on the life of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, the latest frontman of 1980s rock sensation Journey who very notably sports an incredible vocal resemblance to the band’s memorable erstwhile crooner, Steve Perry.

As part of a distinct rags-to-riches tale that just sounds too good to be true, Pineda’s road to stardom is a particularly special one. The year was 2007. Journey was prepping to tour and urgently seeking a vocalist after Jeff Scott Soto’s short-lived tenure. That’s when Pineda caught the eye of guitarist Neal Schon via a series of songs performed by the singer’s cover band, The Zoo. Schon watched them on........

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