Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is to be the subject of an upcoming biopic, helmed by Greg Olliver, the director of the 2010 documentary Lemmy.
According to Deadline, the film is said to follow the musician’s life – from growing up in Stoke-On-Trent, England, to roadying for Jimi Hendrix, joining psychedelic rock troupe Hawkwind and eventually establishing Motörhead.
The screenplay was written by Medeni Griffiths, alongside Olliver. Production is expected to begin in early 2021 – depending on COVID-19.
Producers attached to the film include VMI Worldwide’s Andre Relis, Damon Lane and Motörhead managers, Todd Singerman and Steffan Chirazi, who serve as executive producers on the biopic.
The biopic is said to have been in development since 2013 – taking special care to stay true to Kilmister’s legacy, Motörhead band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and “all the other folks that played important roles in Lemmy’s life,” according to Olliver.
“Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true, not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them,” he continued.
“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.”
Chirazi and Singerman added that Kilmister’s life story was one of “immense cultural importance”, explaining: “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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