Saturday, August 18, 2012

AC/DC: Bon Scott film project seeks producer

After the official press release of an upcoming docu-drama film production about late AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott went viral on the internet last week (read more about it here), it has been learned that the film’s organizers are seeking a producer to back the project.

"We have been approached by a number of prospective producers for this project in a fairly short period of time," said a source. "But, this is a historic opportunity for a producer to step in and back a project now with international credibility."

Much of the speculation centered around the project is who would handle the starring role portraying Scott. Moreover, who knew enough about the story to write a viable screenplay for the project? Rob Liotti took on the task. The singer has portrayed Scott onstage for years in his tribute band TNT and is actually an American musician, writer, and actor.

"This is an an extremely unique opportunity for a producer to become involved with a project that will have built-in, worldwide appeal," Liotti said. "One thing of integral importance, however, is that it be the right producer for the project. This is a movie about a music icon. Therefore, the right producer clearly considers monetary investment and ROI [Return On Investment], but the passion needs to be there as well," the actor went on to say. "At this point, we are open-minded as to whom that person or company may be, but no agreement has been made to date. The budget for this film is certainly not over-the-top in necessity, but it is an investment nonetheless..."

Asked whether he thought the production investment may come from American or Australian investors, Liotti said that "it is difficult to speculate on that... it could come from New Zealand or the U.K. for that matter... I'm sure there will be a lot of radio interviews coming up, and that will surely enter into the topical discussion. I also just released a radio single called 'Long Gone' with Suite 16, and another one to follow, so I am a busy guy right now! It's pretty overwhelming — in a good way."

The plot of the docu-drama is said to examine an integral time period within AC/DC's history as Bon Scott helped to catapult AC/DC to international stardom, but never really got to enjoy the fruits of his labor - even sometimes dealing with bouts of extreme loneliness and isolationism - and ultimately culminating in his untimely death by misadventure in 1980.

"There are a lot of challenges with a project of this type," Liotti said. "One of the biggest challenges is authenticity. This is an American production of an ostensibly Australian-based story. Therefore, dialect is highly important, as well as capturing the true dynamic of the band and its members. Moreover, the Australians claim 'ownership' of the band and Bon Scott, so there are high expectations to be met from the outset. But it is a story that is viable and deserves to be told."

With AC/DC's 40th anniversary coming up and now annual events paying homage to the late Scott, millions of AC/DC fans worldwide are seething for a film of this type so that they might personally explore what has made AC/DC one of the most successful rock bands in history and their late singer an Australian icon.

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