Biopic of iconic Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is in the works
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Biopic of iconic Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is in the works

It has been revealed that a biopic film focusing on the life of iconic Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is in the works.

Lemmy, whose music was one of the foundations of heavy metal, is recognised as a pioneering figure of the genre. Both his on-stage persona and the wild life that he lived off it led to his major fame with many tales of heavy drug and alcohol use dominating headlines.

In what is expected to be a captivating project, the upcoming film, Lemmy, will be directed by Greg Olliver. The filmmaker previously spent three years following Motörhead and Kilmister for a 2010 documentary of the same name.

“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.”

The fill will be produced by VMI Worldwide’s Andre Relis and Damon Lane while Todd Singerman, Motörhead’s manager, will work alongside Steffan Chirazi as executive producers. Director Olliver worked with Medeni Griffiths to create the screenplay.

“It is a story of immense cultural importance,” said Chirazi and Singerman in a statement. “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.”

Relis added: “Lemmy and Mötorhead’s music had a major influence on my life and music experience. They were the band that started the crossover of metal and punk.”

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