TheWrap hears that Aussie star Chris Hemsworth (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Heart of the Sea,’ ‘Rush’) has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s 2011 novel ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ with plans to star in and produce.
Described as “a dark, fictitious tale” the film tells the tale of Toby “Doc” Ebersole, a morphine-addicted physician who was involved in the death of country singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1953.
Benjamin Grayson adapted the script and will make his directorial debut on the film, which picks up “a decade later in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, where Doc supports his morphine habit by performing illegal medical procedures. Hank’s ghost serves a demented Jiminy Cricket, visiting Doc often whether he’s wanted or not.”
Hemsworth will produce the adaptation alongside Laura Bickford (‘Traffic,’ ‘Playing God’).