Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister Biopic In The Works

17 June 2020 | 8:37 am | Staff Writer

"This will be a film they’ll be proud of.”

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A biopic on the life of legendary Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister is on the way.

As Deadline reports, the film - to be directed by Greg Olliver who made 2010 documentary, Lemmy - will follow the UK songwriter's story from growing up in Stoke, to being a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and forming Motörhead.

“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 said.

“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.

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"This will be a film they’ll be proud of.”

Production on the film is expected to commence in 2021. 

Kilmister died at the age of 70 in December 2015 following a "short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer". The singer had been suffering from a number of well-publicized health issues and had been fitted with an implantable defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat.

The heavy metal icon is the latest to receive the biopic treatment, following hugely successful films based on Freddie Mercury and Elton John.

Meanwhile, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic was forced to halt production in Queensland in March after the film's star Tom Hanks tested positive to coronavirus.