All is not what it seems when it comes to the new David Bowie biopic Stardust.
It was said that principal photography would start in earnest in June this year, and that musician and actor Johnny Flynn had been confirmed to play Bowie.
This apparently is news to Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, as soon as the announcement was made he publicly criticized the production, claiming that it wasn’t approved or endorsed by his family and that it would not feature any of Bowie’s music.
The announcement said that along with Johnny Flynn, the producers also had Jena Malone signed up to play his first wife Angie Bowie, as well as Marc Maron playing Bowie’s publicist. The setting for the movie is the early 70’s during Bowie’s 1971 trip to the U.S., which is said to have been the time he was inspired to create his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.
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Bowie’s son Duncan, a director in his own right and known for his 2009 science-fiction film Moon, responded straight away to the announcement in multiple tweets.
Jones said: “Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic … I would know,” adding: “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 Dad’s music in it, and I can’t imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the family’s blessing, that’s up to the audience.”
In other Bowie news, David Bowie: Finding Fame, the BBC ‘s third documentary on the singing legend, was showcased to a select audience earlier in the week. A post on Bowie’s official Facebook page pointed out that: “Aside from emotional (and sometimes hilarious), tributes from those and other contributors, David Bowie: Finding Fame boasts a fair few scoops, including excerpts from the following, in no particular order … Cutscenes from backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, 1973; audio from Glastonbury, 1971; the Hype at the Roundhouse, 1970; ‘My Death’ on Russell Harty Plus Pop, 1973; plus lots of audio teaser snippets of various demos and unreleased tracks.”