Director Lee Daniels is in talks to take charge of a new Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams as the tragic 1960s rock and blues legend.

City of God filmmaker Fernando Meirelles had initially been tapped to direct the project in 2010, but movie producers later approached Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and now the man behind acclaimed movie Precious has become the latest name attached to the film, titled after the singer's hit song Get It While You Can.

Production is due to begin early next year (13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Get It While You Can isn't the only Joplin biopic in the works - Tony Award-winning star Nina Arianda is also set to portray the late icon in rival film Janis.

Joplin died from a drug overdose in 1970, aged 27.