Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is to be the subject of an upcoming biopic, helmed by Greg Olliver, the director of the 2010 documentary Lemmy.
The musician, whose real name was Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away in December 2015 at the age of 70.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kilmister’s early, pre-Motörhead life will be explored in a film called Lemmy. The project is set to be helmed by Greg Olliver, who directed a 2010 documentary of the same name.
Producers attached to the film include VMI Worldwide’s Andre Relis, Damon Lane and Motörhead managers, Todd Singerman and Steffan Chirazi, who serve as executive producers on the biopic.
The biopic is said to have been in development since 2013 – taking special care to stay true to Kilmister’s legacy, Motörhead band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and “all the other folks that played important roles in Lemmy’s life,” according to Olliver.
“Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true, not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them,” he continued.
The new project, which will be introduced to buyers by VMI Worldwide at the upcoming virtual Cannes market, will center on Kilmister — regarded as a godfather of heavy metal — and his adventures as a “vanguard and talisman of the loudest, dirtiest and most liberated rock ’n’ roll band in the world.”
Lemmy will follow Kilmister’s early life in England, his early experiences as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and his time with psychedelic rock back Hawkwind (with whom he spent five years before being fired for erratic behavior).
But it wasn’t until his 30s that the musician strode out on his own to create Motörhead, which would change the rock world with its unrepentant mixture of loud, fast and completely free rock ‘n’ roll — paving the way for bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and others as it bridged the gap between heavy metal, thrash and punk.