While the ’70s were a musical stew of rock, glam, disco, punk and the early seeds of new wave and hip hop, there are few figures to emerge from the era who have endured quite like David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Together, they delivered some of the most iconic records of the era, and now someone wants to bring that story to the big screen.
Gabriel Range, the helmer behind the kinda gimmicky “Death Of A President,” will direct “Lust For Life” which puts Bowie and Pop front and center. Written by Robin French (the BBC comedy series “Cuckoo” starring Andy Samberg), the movie will zero in on the musicians’ fertile collaboratie period in West Berlin in the 1970s, where Bowie would help Pop write and records his albums The Idiot and Lust For Life (Pop would reciprocate by appearing on Bowie’s Low). The books “Starman: David Bowie” and “Open Up and Bleed: Iggy Pop” were used to help guide the screenplay, and undoubtedly it’s a great musical story.
But the biggest stumbling block will be casting the two iconic leads (any suggestions?), and we’d imagine licensing the music will be difficult and/or expensive to do. But, regardless, we’re definitely curious of these two fascinating, creative artists arguably at the height of their powers. The movie has some funding in place and will be hawked in front of buyers at the European Film Market this week where we’re sure it will get some attention. [THR]