28 Entertainment principals announced on Tuesday [18] that they have acquired the life rights to country music legend George Jones and his wife Nancy.

The story will cover Jones’ battle with alcoholism and drug abuse and the career-saving relationship with his

The musician, who scored 14 number one hits and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992, had been collaborating with the filmmakers before he died in April aged 81.

“George had hoped to see the movie before he passed and worked with me to make sure the story was complete,” said Dennis L Baxter, who wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman and Brian A Hoffman. Jones’ wife Nancy will serve as executive producer and consults on the project.

“We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen,” said Jay Hoffman.

Chris Corabi negotiated on behalf of Jay Joffman, Brian A Hoffman and Baxter with Jeff Rosen of Greenberg Traurig for George and Nancy Jones.