With the mega success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and rave reviews for this week’s “Rocketman,” it seems studios are falling all over themselves to target an unexpected new film sub-genre – populist biopics about LGBT UK musicians who hit it big in the 1970s and 1980s.
Today comes word that MGM will produce a feature film based on the life of iconic Grammy-winning singer Boy George. Sacha Gervasi (“My Dinner with Herve”) has already been set to write and direct the film which marks the second musical biopic MGM has in the works – the other being an Aretha Franklin film with Jennifer Hudson.
The currently untitled film will explore his humble beginnings in an Irish a working-class family, through his rise with an iconic androgynous look and ambiguous sexuality as the lead of 1980s band Culture Club. The band topped the international charts with hit songs like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”. He has sold more than 100 million singles and over 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with the band and later as a solo artist.
He’s also the author of two bestselling autobiographies and producer of the award-winning musical “Taboo”. Kevin King Templeton (“Creed”) and Paul Kemsley will produce.
If this trend continues, can the inevitable George Michael or Pet Shop Boys biopics be far behind?