“‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director is planning to make a movie about Arnel Pineda”

Jon M. Chu on Arnel Pineda’s story: ‘This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago.’

After the global success of Crazy Rich Asians, film director Jon M. Chu is reportedly working with Warner Bros. to turn the life story of Pinoy singer Arnel Pineda’s into a movie according to Deadline. 

Arnel starting singing at the age of 15 at a pizza chain in Manila. He was discovered by Journey co-founder Neal Schon on YouTube and soon became Journey’s frontman. Arnel’s astounding story made a lasting impression on Jon. 

“This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago. A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage (literally) has all the ingredients I love about movies,” Jon told Deadline. 

He added, “I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story with my partners at Warner Bros who have been a leading champion of diverse voices in front and behind the camera.” 

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen is reported to produce the movie and the writer is yet to be revealed.