The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones: According to Variety, After a decade in development, The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones is finally ready to rock 'n' roll, with producer Stephen Woolley making his directorial debut.

Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis, Black Hawk Down) is in talks to star as debauched '60s rock icon Brian Jones, the charismatic guitarist who founded the Rolling Stones but was fired in 1969 and found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool a few weeks later.

The official verdict was accidental death. But the screenplay, by "James Bond" scripters Neal Purvis and Rob Wade, claims Jones was killed by Frank Thoroughgood, the builder who was working on his house.

That thesis has been put forward in several books, notably "Who Killed Christopher Robin?" by Terry Rawlings and "The Murder of Brian Jones" by his girlfriend Anna Wohlin, who was in the house when Jones died. Thoroughgood reportedly confessed years later, on his deathbed.

As well as optioning all the available literature, Woolley has conducted extensive research into the case. He hired private detectives to track down Thoroughgood's girlfriend Janet Lawson, who was the only other person present on the fateful night but disappeared after the inquest.

The film is set in the final few weeks of Jones' life, focusing on his intense and deteriorating relationship with Thoroughgood, flashing back to his childhood and the early days of the Stones.

The $10 million project will start shooting in September.

Brian B.