The success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and what looks like another potential revenue-generator, “Rocket Man,” the upcoming biopic on Elton John, is certainly opening up doors and ideas for new ventures. The latest news is that a big-screen documentary about Phil Lynott is in the works, and that it will feature appearances by members of Metallica, U2 and his own band Thin Lizzy.
Award-winning director Emer Reynolds announced she was working on the project, titled ‘Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away.’ “Having been a huge Thin Lizzy fan throughout my life, it’s an incredible honor to be bringing this celebratory and intimate portrait of lead singer and songwriter Philip Lynott to the big screen,” Reynolds said.
The film will be produced by Alan Maher and John Wallace of Cowtown Pictures with Peter Worsley of London-based music documentary specialists Eagle Rock Films for Globe Productions, part of Universal Music Group, with backing from Screen Ireland. No release date was given.
According to ScreenDaily, the documentary will “trace how a young black boy from working class 1950s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars as the lead singer of Thin Lizzy.”
James Hetfield of Metallica, Adam Clayton of U2, Thin Lizzy members Scott Gorham, Eric Bell, Darren Wharton and Midge Ure were listed as contributors, along with Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis and others.
Lynott was born in Birmingham to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother, he moved to Dublin as a teenager. He died aged just 36 in 1986.