’70s teenage band The Runaways are getting a coming-of-age biopic with “Neon Angels” for producers Art and John Linson reports Variety.
Floria Sigismondi, who directed videos for David Bowie, the White Stripes and Marilyn Manson, will write and direct the drama about girls brought together by Kim Fowley, creating a band that would set the stage for girl groups like the Go-Go’s and the Bangles.
The Linsons secured music rights and deals that allow them to tell the stories of members Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and the late Sandy West. An unpublished memoir written by lead singer Curie will be used as a resource for a drama that intends to bare all the drugs, sex and heartache experienced by girls who struggled to be viewed as musicians, not sex kittens with guitars.
Art Linson said the film will be financed independently which will allow “Neon Angel” to be R-rated and edgy, factors important to Jett and Curie.