Deadline is reporting that a biopic about Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is currently being development, with Greg Olliver, who co-directed the 2010 documentary Lemmy, attached to direct.
The biopic will follow Lemmy Kilmister’s life growing up in Stoke-on-Trent, becoming a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and a member of seminal psychedelic roc band Hawkwind before establishing Motörhead. The latter is widely considered to have paved the way for bands such as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax as well as Foo Fighters, whose frontman Dave Grohl famously gave a tribute to Lemmy at his funeral.
Greg Olliver released a statement saying:
Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true… not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them. 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.
Steffan Chirazi and Motörhead’ manager Todd Singerman, who will serve as executive producers on the biopic, added:
It is a story of immense cultural importance. 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.
Andre Relis, who will be producing the project alongside Damon Lane, added:
Lemmy and Motorhead’s music had a major influence on my life and music experience. They were the band that started the crossover of metal and punk, VMI couldn’t be more excited to bring this story to the big screen.
The screenplay was written by Medeni Griffiths, with additional writing by Greg Olliver. The report states that production is looking to start in early 2021. VMI Worldwide will be handling sales of the biopic at the upcoming Cannes virtual market.