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Hollywood movie claims Neil Young was born in California

Most Canadians are familiar with singer Neil Young and his story: After spending his early childhood years in Toronto, Young’s family relocated to Winnipeg and during his teenage years his music career began. Apparently however, those details are not very important to a Hollywood production company.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Singer Neil Young performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The annual benefit raises critical funds for MusiCares' Emergency Financial Assistance and Addiction Recovery programs. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

[Originally broadcast on Oct. 22/24, 2015]

By now most Canadians are familiar with singer Neil Young and his story: After spending his early childhood years in Toronto, Young's family relocated to Winnipeg and during his teenage years his music career began. Apparently however, those details are not very important to a Hollywood production company currently in pre-production on an unauthorized Neil Young biopic.

Canadian stories don't sell.- Vince Plankard, Exec Producer, Dreamfield Pictures

In an interview this week, Vince Plankard, an executive producer with Dreamfield Pictures in Sherman Oaks, California, told Peter Oldring: "We can't sell a movie where the main guy is from Winnipeg, which is why in our script we have Neil Young growing up in California. It has more appeal at the box office."

When asked if their script took any other creative liberties with Neil Young's story, Plankard responded by saying, "I guess the only other big one is that in our movie Neil Young is illiterate."  

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