Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Motorhead: Lemmy biopic in the works

A biopic detailing the life of Motorhead rocker Lemmy Kilmister is in the works.

According to Deadline, Gregg Olliver – who directed the 2010 documentary “Lemmy” – will oversee the project, with production looking to start early next year depending on COVID-19.

The upcoming film – also titled “Lemmy” – will follow Kilmister’s life growing up in Stoke-on-Trent, becoming a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and a member of seminal psychedelic rock band Hawkwind before establishing Motorhead in 1975.

“Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true… not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them,” says Olliver. “Marlboro Reds and Jack Daniel’s for breakfast, speed for dinner – all true. But behind that steely-eyed façade of rock n’ roll was also a compelling, complicated and lion-hearted man who stayed the course and never gave up playing the music that made him happy.

“We’ve been carefully developing this biopic since 2013, making sure to stay true to Lemmy, Motörhead band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and all the other folks that played important roles in Lemmy’s life. This will be a film they’ll be proud of.”

Lemmy passed away in December 2015 from prostate cancer, a cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure at the age of 70.

Motorhead’s manager Todd Singerman and Steffan Chirazi will serve as Executive Producers of “Lemmy.”

“It is a story of immense cultural importance,” adds Chirazi and Singerman. “If the last five years of his absence has taught us anything, it is that he was more unique than anyone could ever have known because no-one touches the quality and sheer freedom of the man. Greg is a deeply-trusted part of our circle, and we are delighted to see this film coming to fruition.”

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