New movie will delve into the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle of Joan Jett’s 1970’s all-girl teenage band.
Rocker Joan Jett will executive produce a planned movie about her 1970’s all-girl band, The Runaways, according to Variety.
Floria Sigismondi will write and direct Neon Angels, adapted from an unpublished memoir by lead singer Cherie Currie that delves into the band’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle.
Producers Art and John Linson have secured music rights that will accent the tale of the five female teenage musicians brought together in 1975 by music producer Kim Fowley, undeniably leaving a legacy for future generations of female rockers.
The original line-up for the band’s eponymous 1976 debut album and its follow-up Queens of Noise consisted of Currie, Jett on rhythm guitar, Lita Ford on lead guitar, Jackie Fox on bass, and Sandy West (who died from lung cancer last October) on drums.
While the underage ladies were no doubt capable musicians with well-written tunes — most notably their hit “Cherry Bomb” — their skimpy on-stage attire saddled them with a “jailbait” tag. This made it difficult for people to take their music seriously, especially in the United States. Though The Runaways had greater success in countries like England, Japan, and Scandinavia, they broke up in 1979 and Jett went on to achieve solo success.
Jett’s longtime manager-producer Kenny Laguna, along with Brian Young, will also executive produce the film, which will be financed independently to allow for an R-rated and edgy drama, factors that were important to Jett and Currie.