Entrepreneur Richard Branson has acquired the rights to the book ‘Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones’ and will adapt the story for the big screen.
The Robert Greenfield book, first published in 2006, deals with the turbulent relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during the recording on the classic 1972 Stones album in France.’
The story begins in April 1971 when the Rolling Stones became tax exiles and left England to live in France. Richards leased the mansion Villa NellCôte on the Côte d’Azur. It became headquarters for the recording of the album.
Villa NellCôte was a 16-room house built in 1850 and used as Gestapo headquarters during World War II.
It was a crazy time for the Stones. Keith Richards and his girlfriend were heroin addicts, guests such as William S. Burroughs and Gram Parsons would casually drop by and Mick Jagger met and married Bianca Perez-Mora Macias that same year.
The screen play is currently being written by Brandon and Philip Murphy. The last script ‘The Last Drop’ was recently picked up for production by Mandate Pictures.