There’s been a lot of talk about future biopics focused on rock music icons. The success of the Freddy Mercury bio ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man,’ respectively have fueled the interest. As many have heard, a biopic about Ozzy Osbourne is also in the works, but expect the content of this bio to be less sugar-coated than that of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
Sharon Osbourne, one of the executive producers behind the Ozzy story said that fans shouldn’t expect a sanitized version of the rocker’s story. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said, “Our film will be a lot more real. We don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults.”
Her comments were directed specifically at the Mercury bio, which she said was “a Hallmark rock movie,” aimed at a younger generation. She explained, “It was squeaky clean. It was, ‘Those songs will live forever,’ and it turned a whole generation onto Queen’s music that had never heard before. So with that it was phenomenal. But I don’t think it was a great movie. They changed the timing [of the story] and everything in it.”
Information on the Osbourne bio started leaking out about two years ago when it was first announced. While there has not been anything firm yet, Osbourne’s son, Jack’s, company is producing the film. He said that it’s in “active development” and a writer has been hired to create a script that takes place between 1979 and 1996.
Don’t expect Ozzy to be part of the production. In an interview earlier this year, he said, “My family are involved, and I said to my wife, ‘Good luck.’ To get my three kids to agree on one thing, you’ve got to get up really early in the morning.”
For many fans, a key point of interest is who will land the lucrative role of Ozzy in the movie. He offered this explanation: “Sharon wants to get an unknown actor. The movie is primarily about our relationship, how we met, fell in love and how we married. She grew up a lot with me, and I grew up a lot with her.”
Sharon Osbourne added, “I hope it will be a story that everybody can relate to, without necessarily being a fan of the music.” She added, “It’s a story about a survivor. No matter what life throws at you, you pick yourself up and you start again. It’s just an amazing story of overcoming everything that’s thrown at you in your life.”