Swedish EDM pioneer and DJ Avicii passed away last year at the age of 28. Last month, his first posthumous track "SOS" was released with his album, Tim, to follow. Deadline reports that book publishers and movie studios are eager to acquire the rights to the late musician's life story, especially now that award-winning investigative journalist Måns Mosesson has been tapped to write his biography.
The rights to the biography have already been sold to Swedish book publisher Albert Bonniers, with a reported seven-figure deal, but when it comes to biopic rights the auction is still ongoing. Talent agency WME is brokering the auction for movie rights, and wherever it ends up his family has already committed to donating net proceeds from its share of both the book and eventual movie to their Tim Bergling Foundation, which is raising money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
The Tim Bergling Foundation, which is named after Avicii's birth name and was set up following his suicide, also promises to commit efforts to nature conservation, development assistance, and climate change. Avicii's family launched the mental health organization in March this year. "Tim wanted to make a difference—starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit," his family shared in a statement.
There's currently no expected release date for the Mosesson-penned biography. Avicii's posthumous album Tim will drop June 6.