The producers of a biographical film about David Bowie that will be titled "Stardust" announced that filming will begin in June, with musician and actor Johnny Flynn confirmed to play the late British artist.
However, Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, criticized the production almost immediately, saying it was not approved or supported by his family, and that it would not have any Bowie music.
Along with Flynn, known for the Netflix series "Lovesick" and the movie "Beast," The Hollywood Reporter named Jena Malone as Angie Bowie, his first wife, and Marc Maron as his publicist. The story unfolds during Bowie's 1971 trip to the United States, which helped inspire the creation of his character Ziggy Stardust.
Jones, a director known for his award-winning sci-fi movie "Moon," responded to the announcement with a series of tweets.
“Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic ... I would know," he said. “I’m not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of Dad’s music in it, and I can’t imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the family's blessing, that’s up to the audience.”
He went on to say that he would support a project if it was based on some of "dad's characters," written by fantasy author Neil Gaimanand made as an animated film by Peter Ramsey ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"). In response to a comment from Ramsey, Jones said: "Really, I'm not the right person to do it. My perspective is too unique, subjective and personal. If something like this happened, I would like artists like you and Neil to do it, and I would stay completely away, cheering with all my heart."
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