A new biopic is in the early stages right now which will visually showcase the collaboration between the musical men-about-town punk/post punk/psycho and ambient rock monarchs, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
Entitled Lust For Life (which was first the name of a 1956 film starring Anthony Quinn about the tortured genius painter Vincent Van Gogh, but in later years became more associated with Iggy Pop as the title track from his seminal 1977 release produced by Bowie and created in Berlin), the film will focus on the trials, trails, and artistic roads the two men walked down during their jaunt to East Berlin in the mid-1970s. The decision to go there was influenced heavily by the writings of Christopher Isherwood, the late British writer whose novels The Berlin Stories and Goodbye To Berlin became literary catalysts that (even though they were set in wartime Germany in decay) still painted a wondrous idyllic Berlin, which became a sort of of artistic avant-garde Disneyland for many budding and established painters, musicians, and artists alike who took its cues and ventured there in hopes of finding their inner muses, Iggy Pop and David Bowie among them. Bowie and Berlin was also the focus of some headline controversy at the time when Bowie reportedly did a few “Hitler salutes” for the burgeoning crowd when he was in the city; fans, townspeople, and press photographers among those around him when he supposedly did it. It is unclear if that or any controversial matter will wind up in the upcoming biopic.
What is known is that the film will focus on the creative period which manifested the aforementioned Lust for Life album, and another Iggy album, The Idiot as well as David Bowie’s Low record, another high watermark in the Jean Genie’s long and winding catalog. It’s going to be produced by the tandem of British producers Altered Image and Egoli Tossell Films which is based in Berlin. Death of a President director Gabriel Range is set to helm the production, from a script penned by Robin French, a comedy writer for the BBC. French is adapting major sources such as Bowie’s biography (Starman) and the Iggy bio written by former Mojo Magazine editor Paul Trynka, the candidly written and titled Open Up And Bleed.
The producers will be pitching the film to an international market of buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this coming week, which is where the project started its life via meetings held there last year.