Bowie's Family Declines Blessing For Upcoming Biopic, Thus Stirring The Pot Of Controversy
David Robert Jones, better known in the music industry as David Bowie, was deemed an influential figure from the 20th century thanks to his innovative work in the 70s. That is why the whole world mourned his death in 2016. The British singer lost his battle against cancer in January of that year. Bowies' fans were thrilled to find out a new biopic of his life will be released.
And with the boom of these productions such as the successful 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' the upcoming movie promises to be a hit. Perhaps, that is also the reason why it was so shocking to find out that the best-selling music artist's family did not approve of the project. Is there anything hidden about his life they don't want to share? We'll take a peek at their decision and the singer's life to find it out.
It seems that the filming industry found a goldmine in biopics after the smash hit of 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' movie that has garnered five nominations to the Oscars. According to TVShow, in May, we'll get to enjoy 'Rocketman,' a film directed by Dexter Fletcher about the first years of British musician Elton John.
And we recently found out about 'Stardust,' the biopic that will document Bowie's background, taking as a starting point the 1971 tour around The United States that inspired the musician to create his alter ego with a striking costume and reddish hair, Ziggy Stardust.
Although Bowie was also an actor who starred in around 87 projects in all his professional life, the biopic will be the first project about the 'Space Oddity' singer since his demise in January 2016 due to liver cancer at the age of 69. The tragedy happened two days after the release of 'Blackstar,' his last album.
The project already has someone in charge of portraying the superstar: actor and musician Johnny Flynn, who is known for his roles in Netflix's 'Lovesick,' 'True West,' and in Nat Geo's series 'Genius.' According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marc Maron and Jena Malone will star in the Salon Pictures' film as well. The same source gave some other details:
"Emmy winner Gabriel Range will direct from a script by Christopher Bell (The Last Czars). Principal photography is set for June 2019, with Range, Paul Van Carter, and Nick Taussig producing. Christopher Figg of Piccadilly Pictures is co-financing. Film Constellation will introduce the film to buyers at the EFM in Berlin."
THE FAMILY DENIAL
With such an exciting filming project, it is safe to assume that everybody would be on board. But the shocking truth is that the singer's family is not. Duncan Jones, Bowie's son and 'Moon' director, indicated that the producers hadn't secured the rights to use his father's songs in the biopic. In a Twitter post, Jones confirmed it:
"I’m not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of dads music in it, & I can’t imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, that’s up to the audience."
But despite not having the singer's family on board, it seems like the production is going to go on since the producers issued a statement that explained the movie is not reliant on the British legend's music. According to The Guardian, it also read:
"We would like to clarify that this film … is a moment in time film at a turning point in David’s life, and is not reliant on Bowie’s music. Much like 'Nowhere Boy' for Lennon, 'Control' for Joy Division, the production uses period music and songs that Bowie covered, but not his original tracks."
Jones' refusal just leaves us with wondering why the family wouldn't like to support and give their blessing to the production. Could they be keeping something under wraps that we don't know about the musician and they don't want the world to know? With that in mind, let's check some crucial details in the last years of Bowie's life.
CHANGING HIS NAME
Perhaps you didn't know, but the admired musician was born on January 8, 1947, in London, England as David Robert Jones. But when he started his path in the music industry, he faced a problem with his moniker. It turns out the world already knew another singer with his name: the lead singer of 'The Monkees,' Davy Jones. To avoid confusions with the artist, David Jones modified his name to David Bowie.
HIS EYE COLOR
According to Mental Floss, fans of Ziggy Stardust usually affirm that he had heterochromia, which is a genetic condition that makes a person have different colors in the eyes. However, that was not Bowie's case because both of his eyes were blue. He did have an ocular oddity recognized as anisocoria.
The latter is a condition that is characterized by an irregular size of the eyes' pupils, seeming as if one pupil is permanently dilated. When the 'Fame' singer was 15, he came to blows with his friend George Underwood over a girl, and the row ended up in George slicing his fingernail into the music star's eye.
HIS DANGEROUS ADDICTION
As Daily Mail reported, the glam rocker's biography entitled 'David Bowie: A Life' unveiled that the late musician was obsessed with sex and had a serious cocaine habit. The book also claimed that these inclinations "drove him to sleep with 13-year-old girls, engage in wild orgies, and declare his bisexuality with a 'permanent erection.'"
His rampant sexual compulsion almost led him to sleep with a warm dead body, but he ultimately declined the offer. The piece of writing also stated that the singer was fixated on Hitler and Nazi movies, which he watched while being high.
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Similarly, his coke addiction led him to have cartilage removed from his body to put it in his nose. And to top it all off, he was a heavy smoker that always had a cigarette in his hand. British author of the book, Dylan Jones, also added:
"David Bowie was his very own creation, his very own work of art. This was the boy from postwar Brixton [a district of south London] with his sights set on the world. His entire professional career was one of myth, legend, and invention."
It seems that the previous details might be of the type that a family would like to hide about a late relative, although we will have to wait for more statements to confirm the real reason. If you liked this article, share it with your friend, and don't forget to keep up-to-date with more articles about our favorite artists.