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Rolling Stones Movie: Virgin Buys Rights To 'Exile on Main Street' Book

Posted: 04/22/2012 10:33 am Updated: 04/22/2012 10:44 am

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The Rolling Stones' book "Exile On Main Street" heads to the movies.

The Rolling Stones have had plenty of time on the big screen -- with nearly a dozen documentary and concert films over the past 50-plus years. But soon, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company will have the opportunity to watch the drama through someone else's eyes.

Richard Branson's Virgin Produced has acquired the rights to Robert Greenfield's 2008 book "Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones," Deadline exclusively reported. And in rare form, the film will be a drama about the Stones, not documentary-style.

The film, like Greenfield's book, will focus on the relationship between Jagger and Richards during the recording of their "Exile on Main St" album, both in and out of the studio, in the south of France in the summer of 1971, according to Deadline.

The Stones recently explored the same era in the 2010 documentary film "Stones in Exile." The movie, directed by Stephen Kijak, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

There's also another Rolling Stones documentary coming up from director Brett Morgan. The film will follow the Stones' 50th anniversary celebrations this year and is slated to come out in September.

The "Exile on Main St." movie won't be the first time the Stones haven't gotten the Virgin treatment: The band released three albums in the '90s with Virgin Records.

For more on this story, click over to Deadline.

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