A David Bowie biopic was recently announced, but the icon’s son Duncan Jones has something to say about it.
Recently we’ve had Bohemian Rhapsody offering its take on legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, and we’re about to see Taron Egerton portray Elton John in the forthcoming Rocketman. Continuing the trend is Stardust, which is set to tackle David Bowie‘s visit to the States in 1971. The icon will be portrayed by Johnny Flynn, an actor and frontman of Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit.
He recently impressed audiences in Beast, a 2017 film directed by Michael Pearce. It couldn’t have been easy deciding who should play Bowie; after all, he was perhaps one of the most unique musicians of the twentieth century. Fans of the artist have already begun to discuss the concept vigorously, and a key figure has recently had his say. Duncan Jones is a prominent filmmaker, and also, the son of the great David Bowie. Understandably, he has taken to Twitter to discuss it:
If @neilhimself wanted to write something using dad’s characters, and @pramsey342 and his team wanted to make it as an animated film, I would urge everyone on my end to pay attention and give the pitch serious consideration. 😉 https://t.co/WdpuL1o7z7
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 31, 2019
As reported by NME, Jones said this: “Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… I would know…” He also wrote that “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.”
This changes things, as the idea of the film going ahead without Jones’ consent sounds like a bad omen and an early indication of the project’s failure to do Bowie justice. Without his approval, expectations for Stardust will be kept to a minimum.
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