Upcoming Rock Biopics
LEMMY: THE MOVIE
The Ace of Spades and King of Facial Moles is getting the documentary treatment. Testifying to his greatness in all-things loud (not to mention his ability to weather several generations/mutations of hard rock) are Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper and Slash. C.C. DeVille is in the trailer too, but who really cares what he thinks? Bonus quote from Lemmy that we found while researching this:
Q: Lets get this right out of the way. Do you have any idea what’s growing on your face and why haven’t you done something about it?
A: They are both moles and cos I don’t give a fuck. After all, You’re lookin’ at ‘em and I’m not short of birds.
WRECKAGE OF MY PAST: THE STORY OF OZZY OSBOURNE
The metal madman has spent a lot of time in front of the camera over the years, most memorably as as the bumbling, babbling doofus dad on the groundbreaking reality series "The Osbournes." But Jack Osbourne, who’s exec producing and financing the film with his mum, is hoping to change that. "I’m trying to paint a realistic picture of who my father is," Osbourne said. As the Prince of Darkness approaches 60, award-winning music video director Mike Piscitelli is filming his life on and off the road. "He does have huge flaws," Osbourne continued, "And we’re trying to really paint an honest picture of that." | Official movie site
This biopic will either be great or go the way of Lita Ford’s solo career. The story of all-girl L.A. punk band The Runaways, stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as singer Cherie Currie and Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford, and is slated for a 2010 release. The film is being directed by music video director Floria Sigismondi and is is executive produced by Joan Jett amongst others. There isn’t a trailer yet, but there are a few shots of Stewart and Fanning decked out like The Runaways, feathered mullets and all. | Official Runaways site
Not a movie, but instead, a cinematic video game from Tim Schaffer that revolves around Eddie Riggs, voiced by Jack Black, a roadie who gets transported to a fantasy world inspired by heavy metal album covers. The game features the voices of Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy Kilmaster, who all play fantasy versions of themselves. Though Schaffer’s games are generally favorably reviewed, they don’t tend to sell well, though this may finally be the release that scores a hit for him and his Double Fine game studio. | Official game site
The long-fabled project based on the autobiography of Motley Crue may never come together, which is too bad since there’s no doubt plenty of material to make a movie from. Once rumored to feature Val Kilmer as David Lee Roth and Christopher Walken as Ozzy, IMDb lists the film as having a 2011 release date, though few details about the film have been confirmed.
Rumored director Larry Charles, who made "Borat," "Seinfeld" and lots of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes, told ComingSoon.net that the film might not happen: "The Motley Crue thing I was really into and I did a lot of work on it. I wrote a pass on the script and everything, but it was at MTV Films which then got swallowed by Paramount Vantage which then got swallowed by Paramount. All those people were gone that developed it and it got put to the side, so I don’t know what’s going to happen to it. Also my thing about that which was that I felt it had to be an NC-17 movie, and I thought, ‘Well that would be ballsy to do. When was the last time they had a mainstream NC-17 movie?’ That’d be a good idea."