Four Times Hollywood Failed To Make A Rock Biopic
If you're a big Queen fan, you're no doubt aware 'Bohemian Rhapsody' will hit theaters on November 2. For Rami Malek, learning to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic was a two year odyssey. Malek, known for staring in the USA series Mr. Robot, was only a casual Queen fan when he was selected to portray one of rock's most dynamic lead singers. The movie will be here soon and in honor of the successful launching of a Freddie Mercury biopic, here's four times Hollywood has tried and failed to tell the stories of other Rock Legends. From Rolling Stone, Here's the Rock Biopic Graveyard and why each flick failed to launch:
Elton John starting Tom Hardy
Hardy was attached to the upcoming Rocketman, but reportedly lost the gig when it became apparent he couldn't sing. Tarn Egerton is slated to take his place, though it's unclear if the movie will ever happen.
Janis Joplin starring Amy Adams
Adams was set to star in a Joplin move, but it languished in development hell for seven years before imploding. Other actresses who've eyed the role include Renee Zellweger and Courtney Love.
Keith Moon starring Mike Myers
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey's long planned passion project is another film that never escaped development. "I'd rather nothing was made than a run of the mill biopic," said Daltrey.
Frank Sinatra staring Leonardo DiCaprio
Martin Scorsese's dream of directing a Sinatra film ended last year after the late singer's estate refuse to sign off on a warts and all script, even with DiCaprio in contention to be its potential star.