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Lemmy Kilmister biopic in the works

Rocker paved the way for metal groups

A biopic is in the works about Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Deadline reports that Greg Olliver, who helmed the 2010 documentary Lemmy, is behind this biopic and will be directing it as well. The doc will cover Kilmister’s life from growing up in

“Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true… not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them,” Olliver tells Deadline. “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.”

Motörhead is widely considered to have paved the way for bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Foo Fighters frontman and drummer Dave Grohl cites him as a big influence. He famously gave a tribute to Lemmy at his funeral.

The film will be produced by VMI Worldwide’s Andre Relis alongside Damon Lane. VMI will premiere the film at Cannes. Medeni Griffiths wrote the screenplay with Olliver adding to it. Motörhead’s manager Todd Singerman and Steffan Chirazi will serve as executive producers. Producers are hoping to start production in early 2021, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Kilmister died in December 2015 at the age of 70 after a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer.