Despite of the production scarce, criticisms and references that seem to collide, it is undeniable that the Queen’s movie Bohemian Rhapsody, become the most successful and remarkable music biopic of all time, with box-office records and awards and nominations it earned from the Oscars.
It may sound a copy-cat but producers are looking for more projects about musicians – but before that there are five classic rock movies already underway that may, or may not, emulate the success of the Freddie Mercury story.
As we celebrate the artistry of the rock musicians that changed the face of music and it’s worth remembering the words of Stanley Kubrick: “A film is, or should be, more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
Motley Crue – ‘The Dirt’ – March 22
The plot: This will showcase of the glam-metal stars through years of streetlife and trouble-making, while they find peace in the hearts of generations of social dropouts and showed their love and passion to create music.
Starring: Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars and Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee.
Background: Based on the band’s controversial documentary of the same name, ‘The Dirt’ will reveals present Motley Crue’s rise, fall and rise again amid the rock ’n’ roll carnage that they came to put into realistic action The soundtrack is set to include all-new music, and the band may even stage a live reunion (or at least something Sixx said will prove they’re “outta our minds”) to help promote it.
Elton John – ‘Rocketman’ – May 31
The plot: Set in the ‘70s, it’s the story of one simple man with an eager heart to let the world listen of his songs. From being a struggling songwriter Reginald Dwight to larger-than-life rock icon Elton John, and the challenges he encountered during his “wild ride.”
Starring: Taron Egerton as John, Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid and Bruce Dallas Howard as John’s mother Sheila Dwight.
Background: “Based on a true fantasy,” the movie is part of celebrating of John’s career and unveils his struggles in life as he slowly moves toward winding down, with attention turned to his long collaboration with lyricist Taupin.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Street Survivors’ – date unknown
The plot: Subtitled “The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” the movie focuses on the 1977 tragedy that killed three members of the band and its effect to the music industry and their fans. This film will explain the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.
Starring: Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Steve Gaines, Lelia Symington as Cassie Gaines, Navarone Garibaldi as Gary Rossington, Ian Shultis as Artimus Pyle.
Background: Apparently completed in 2017, the movie was the subject of legal action as Rossington and the estates of the three late members sought to prevent then-drummer Pyle’s version of events from being screened. They argued that previous agreements meant Pyle couldn’t make the movie – but the courts disagreed, saying he’s entitled to share his personal memories of the events.
Journey – Untitled story of Arnel Pineda – unknown date
The plot: When Journey took the brave decision of hiring a Filipino talent, Arnel Pineda to become their singer in 2007, their risk paid off with a massive career comeback after many years drought. His story is described as “a true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit.”
Background: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director and longtime Journey fan Jon M. Chu was inspired by Pineda’s story to start work on a movie that’s still in its early stages. Backers Warner Bros. have acquired the rights to 2012’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,’ a documentary about the same subject, and are thought to be pursuing permission to use the band’s original songs on the soundtrack.
The story will revolve around reconnecting as the band and fans find a new passion and energy in music and relationships that become re-energized after how many years of hiatus. It’s also the only movie here that focuses on a rise to fame this century, which, set against Journey’s original rise in the ‘70s.