Jim Morrison will live again in 'Doors' movie

Singer Jim Morrison, seen here in 1970, died in 1971. But like Elvis, he lives on in fiction and rumor. Getty Images file.
Singer Jim Morrison, seen here in 1970, died in 1971. But like Elvis, he lives on in fiction and rumor. Getty Images file.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY GAEL FASHINGBAUER COOPER AND PUBLISHED BY TODAY SHOW ON OCTOBER 10, 2011.

What if Jim Morrison wasn't really dead? Where would The Doors frontman be today?

Few people are better equipped to speculate on that than Morrison's former bandmate, Ray Manzarek. His 2001 novel, "The Poet in Exile," tackles that scenario, and now it's being turned into a movie.

Publishers Weekly called the novel both "earnest" and "clumsy." In it, Manzarek imagines a version of himself receiving letters from a fictionalized Morrison who's now living as a family man in the Seychelles. Reviews on Amazon.com are mixed, with one reader saying "Manzarek has Morrison apologize (over and over) for how poorly he treated the other band members."

In a press release about the upcoming movie, Manzarek doesn't sound quite so self-obsessed as that reviewer makes him out to be. “The number one question I get asked is, ‘Do you think Jim Morrison’s really dead?’” he's quoted as saying. “All I can say is, I personally have not seen or heard from Jim since he left for Paris 40 years ago. And I miss that guy. He was a poet. A Dionysus to my Apollo. A great performer, a shaman. And a damn good friend."

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