U2 & 10 Other Musicians with Biopics/Series in the Works
11 Musicians with Biopics/Series in the Works
Erica Banas // Rock Music Reporter
Following the success of biopics like Bohemian Rhapsodyand Rocketman, a number of other biopics/series about famous musicians have been announced to be in the works.
U2 is the latest to make news in this venture. Scroll below to see details on his biopic and nine others.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
In October 2021, the long-in-the-works Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne biopic was picked up by Sony Pictures. The film will cover the many ups and down of Ozzy and Sharon’s relationship.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, a scripted series about U2 is currently in the works for Netflix. Helming the project is J.J. Abrams and tasked with writing the series is Anthony McCarten who co-wrote 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody. U2 “is expected to be involved and sanction the project,” but there are currently no details regarding a timeline for release or casting.
Per The Hollywood Reporter back in June, a new film based on the Weiland memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale by David Ritz is currently in the works at Dark Pictures, a new female-led production company that will focus on “true stories.”
The KISS biopic will be called Shout It Out Loud, and both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are working closely on the film. Joachim Rønning(Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Maleficent: Mistress ofEvil) has been tapped as a director with the script being written by Ole Sanders. So far, casting decisions have yet to be announced. The film is on the fast-track at Netflix.
Heart/Ann and Nancy Wilson
News of a Heart biopic first surfaced in November 2020 via Deadline. Singer Ann Wilson said Carrie Brownstein of the punk band Sleater-Kinney (and the costar of IFC’s Portlandia) will write and direct. Wilson said, “I saw the first draft of the script. She’s working with the movie company — Amazon — and with the producer, Linda Obst, who did ‘Sleepless in Seattle‘.”
News of a Dylan biopic surfaced in January 2020. The film is titled Going Electric and will cover Dylan’s transition from folk to rock. Academy Award-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet was cast as Dylan, and the singer-songwriter icon’s longtime manager Jeff Rosen would act as a producer on the film. The project, however, has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
In October 2018, The Hollywood Reporter reported a movie about the relationship of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was in the works with Universal Pictures and there were talks with Michael De Luca Productions and Immersive Pictures for the rights of the untitled film.
Back in July 2019, Deadline reported that a yet-to-be-titled Elvis Presley biopic being directed by Baz Luhrmann cast Austin Butler as Presley, while Tom Hanks was cast as Colonel Tom Parker. Butler is best known for roles on The Shannara Chronicles, Arrow,The Carrie Diaries and the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Hanks is best known for…well…being Tom freaking Hanks/an American treasure. A trailer for the film dropped in February.
Per Deadline, the film will simply be titled Lemmy and will be directed by Greg Olliver who also directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary of the same title. The film will cover Kilmister’s life growing up in Stoke on Trent and his life in music before founding Motorhead.
In April 2021, Deadline reported the Boy George biopic, appropriately titled Karma Chameleon, was hoping to begin production this summer in London and Bulgaria. Casting for the role of George and other main characters was currently in progress at the time of the initial report.