According to Variety, J2 Entertainment partners Justin Berfield and Jason Felts have acquired rights to two books about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead and intend to make a feature on the rock band's lead singer and guitarist.
The duo, who optioned the Sandy Troy bios "Captain Trips" and "One More Saturday Night," do not fit the prototypical Deadhead profile. Berfield, best known for playing bullying brother Reese in "Malcolm in the Middle," is 19; Felts is 26. Berfield said he was new to the band's music but his father was a devout Deadhead.
The movie will revolve around Garcia's recovery from a drug-induced coma. Garcia's drug problem had pushed ex-wife Carolyn away from the musician, but she returned to nurse him back to health. Garcia had to relearn to play the guitar, but eventually rebounded and led the band to its biggest success