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Merle Haggard Biopic In The Works, Sam Rockwell In Talks To Star

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A biopic on Merle Haggard is currently in works, with Sam Rockwell in talks to star as the country legend, according to Deadline.

Robin Bissell will direct the film and write the script with Merle's widow, Theresa Haggard, based on the Haggard memoir "Sing Me Back Home."

Bissell and Haggard will produce the film together for Amazon Studios, who have acquired the rights to the film and the book.

Rockwell is said to be in talks to take on the role of Haggard, and he will do his own singing of Haggard's songs.

The biopic will be set in 1960s and focus on the singer's rise from being an inmate at San Quentin to becoming one of the most successful singers in country music history.

Haggard's biggest hit includes, "Okie From Muskogee," "The Fightin' Side Of Me," "Sing Me Back Home," "The Fugitive," "Workin' Man Blues," "Mama Tried" and "Today I Started Loving You Again."

Haggard died on April 6, 2016 at the age of 79 due to pneumonia.

"I promised my late husband, Merle Haggard that I would get this done and I'm giving it my best shot," Mrs. Haggard wrote on Instagram. "I will be writing and producing with Robin Bissel this great story."

"Merle had a great life. And as we used to joke about he had many lives and this will be the first of this magnitude to show how great of an artist and man he truly was," she added. "I hope to bring him the glory he so deserves."

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