Johnny Cash Doc in the Works From Frank Marshall, Imperative (Exclusive)

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Thom Zimny, the award-winning filmmaker behind numerous Bruce Springsteen documentaries, is set to direct.

Imperative Entertainment is teaming up with Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall to make a Johnny Cash documentary.

The news comes the day before the 50th anniversary of Cash’s famous concert at Folsom Prison, which was the basis for his triple-platinum-selling, crossover success concert album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

Thom Zimny, the award-winning filmmaker behind numerous Bruce Springsteen documentaries and HBO Films' Elvis Presley: The Searcher documentary, is set to direct the untitled movie.

Imperative’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Ryan Friedkin will produce with Zimny as well as Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart.

Marshall will be executive producing along with Jeff Pollack, Ryan Suffern and Jillian Apfelbaum.

The documentary will have the full support of the Cash estate and will explore Cash’s music and biography through the prison concert. 

“While the linear narrative of the Folsom Prison performances will anchor our film, each song in the set list will open a door into a nonlinear presentation of Cash’s emotional, musical and personal development,” said Zimny in a statement.

Cash, who died in 2003, is a country music icon who also found success in other musical genres. The singer-songwriter behind classics Ring of Fire and I Walk the Line was the subject of a biopic in 2005, in which he was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. The actor received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the movie, which was directed by James Mangold. 

Marshall has Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opening June 22.

Imperative financed and produced All the Money in the World, which caused a stir due to its reshoots that replaced disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer as well as for a pay disparity between actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams.