Roy Orbison biopic gets the go-ahead!

It’s worked for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, N.W.A. and Hank Williams – and now Roy Orbison is to have his life portrayed on the big screen.

The surviving family of the iconic singer of songs like Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely have given their blessing to The Big O: Roy Orbison – which apparently makes it the first estate-authorised movie biopic.

Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans have been set to write the script and Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr, and Wesley Orbison will be exec producers.

Those are the surviving children of the singer, who have overseen their father’s legacy since the death of the singer’s widow, Barbara Orbison, in 2011.

The movie will be able to use virtually all of Orbison’s songs and recordings.