Sublime Biopic Finds Director, Screenwriter + Studio Home

Sublime‘s promising career may have been cut short by the singer’s death Bradley Nowell, but their music has lived on and now their story is being told in film form. Sony’s 3000 Pictures, Chernin Entertainment, Dave Kaplan and Pater Paterno are developing a film about the iconic ska-punk band.

Some of the details are starting to come together with Francis Lawrence now on board to direct the film. The Australian director is best known for directing films in The Hunger Games series while also shooting such films as Red sparrow and Water for elephants. Lawrence got his start in the music world directing videos for Bad Religion, Fastball, Third Eye Blind, Aerosmith, Green Day, POD Garbage, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Incubus, Goo Goo Dolls, Audioslave and others.

Four-time Emmy nominee Chris Mundy, best known for his work with Ozarkas well as the TV series Bloodline, Hell on wheels and Criminal minds, is writing the script for the Sublime biography. Sublime band members Bud Gagh and Erik Wilsonas well as Troy and Jakob Nowell on behalf of Bradley Nowell’s estate and Surfdog/DKM’s Scott Stein will serve as executive producers.

“Wow – we can’t believe this is finally happening and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the great Francis Lawrence and Chris Mundy tell our story. We are so grateful to Peter Paterno and Dave Kaplan/ Surfdog for their years of persistence and vision to get this film off the ground and grateful to Sony’s 3000 Pictures and Chernin Entertainment for believing in us and bringing it to the big screen,” said Sublime’s Bud Gaugh. and Eric Wilson along with Bradley’s widow Troy Nowell and son Jake Nowell “We know Bradley’s talent and spirit will be a part of this incredible journey.”

Sublime hit the scene in 1992 with their 40 oz. to Freedom album that made inroads on alt-rock radio with “Smoke Two Joints,” “Badfish” and “Date Rape.” The more experimental album Robbin’ the Hood followed in 1994, but their biggest success would come shortly after Nowell’s death in 1996. The self-titled Sublime the album yielded the hit single “What I Got” along with “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “Doin’ Time,” “Caress Me Down” and “April 29, 1992 (Miami).” The album has been certified six times platinum in the US by the RIAA.

“We’re thrilled that Sublime’s crazy cool and important story is finally being told,” said manager Dave Kaplan. “They were fearless and groundbreaking in bringing together so many musical genres, cultures and lifestyles during their short time as a band, and their music still influences musicians and artists to this day. Peter Paterno and I spent the last six years looking for the right partners and we’re pinching ourselves with this ‘Dream Team’ of Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva at 3000 Pictures, Francis Lawrence, Chris Mundy and the Chernin folks and can’t wait to see this film made.”

A release date hasn’t been revealed, and other elements regarding the film are still coming together, but securing the director, writer and studio is the first step to Sublime’s story eventually making it to the big screen. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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