A Keith Moon biopic is in the works. Variety reports that a film based on The Who’s drummer is about to start filming in Britain over the summer. The biopic is tentatively titled “The Real Me,” based on a song on the Who ablum Quadrophenia, and had group members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend on board as executive producers. Paul Whittington (The crown, White House Farm) was directed using a screenplay by Jeff Pope (Oscar-nominated Philomena).
Daltrey has spent many years getting a biopic about Moon off the ground, so it’s significant that the long-running project now has plans to start shooting. No one has yet been cast in the role of the movie’s Keith Moon, but the casting process is reportedly months deep. The Who’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, will also co-produce with Nigel Sinclair, Oliver Veysey and Jeanne Elfant Festa.
“It’s going to be very, very dependent on the actor and the actor’s eyes,” Daltrey said in 2018 about who Moon should play, via BBC 6Music. “Because you have to throw it completely out of your sight, because Moon had extraordinary eyes.”
He told GQ separately: “Keith lived his whole life as a fantasy. He was the funniest man I’ve ever known, but he was also the saddest; I saw Keith in some awful times. I “He saw him at his height, but then I saw him at his lowest. Keith is someone I love very much, but who was a deeply upset character.”
Keith Moon joined The Who in 1964. The legendary drummer is known for his talent on stage as well as his hard party lifestyle behind the scenes. After making a huge mark on music history, Moon died at the age of 32 in London in 1978 from an overdose of drugs. Bassist John Entwistle died of a cocaine-induced heart attack in 2002, leaving Daltrey and Townshend as the last surviving members of the group’s classical cast.
Biopsies of musicians are becoming much more common
More and more biopics of musicians have appeared in the last few years. Based on the success of films such as Rocket man and Bohemian Rhapsody, there is much more that is also already in the works. Some of the many musicians and bands that will have biopics at stake include Ronnie Spector, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Jerry Garcia, David Bowie, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Cher, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion and Amy Winehouse.
Just recently it was also announced that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe would play “Weird Al” Yankovic in a bizarre comedy biopic. In this case, the biopic takes many creative liberties by portraying Yankovic as a hard-hitting party lifestyle, not unlike Keith Moon, a stark contrast to the person Yankovic is known for in real life. While this may not be the most accurate version of a celebrity’s life, the biopic certainly sounds like one to look at anyway.
A release date has not yet been set for the Keith Moon biography.
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