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Several dead stars who've never gotten the big-screen treatment are the focus of high-profile (and sometimes long-gestating) projects in development.

Janis Joplin: 1943-1970

Pantheon Entertainment Corp.'s project about the singer, titled Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, is slated to go into production in 2012. Ron Terry, who executive produced the telefilm Hendrix, wrote the script and will produce. The biopic, budgeted in the range of $20 million, will include Joplin's music. Andrew Sugerman is producing.

Jimi Hendrix: 1942-1970

Legendary Pictures' untitled project on the famed ax man, singer and Woodstock hero is inactive but notconsidered dead. Director Paul Greengrass, who was working with Legendaryon development, is no longer involved. Actor Anthony Mackie, who was connected to the project but never formally attached, also is no longer involved.

Tupac Shakur: 1971-1996

Morgan Creek is in talks with John Singleton to replace departed director Antoine Fuqua on the biopic, titled Tupac. (Singleton directed Shakur in Poetic Justice.) Brian Tucker has penned the most recent draft of the script, taking over for Steve Bagatourian, Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. There is no planned start date.

Kurt Cobain: 1967-1994

An untitled drama about the Nirvana frontman is to be adapted from Charles Cross' Heavier Than Heaven. Set up at Universal, it would be produced by Working Title and Reveille Productions.In July 2010, it was reported that Oren Moverman would direct and rewrite a script from David Benioff. A Reveille spokesperson says thecompany has no update.