David Bowie's Son Duncan Jones Criticises Reports Of New Biopic, Stardust

He's insisted the new film won't be given permission to feature his late father's music.

David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones has blasted reports of a planned biopic about the late pop icon’s life.

Earlier this week, it was reported that English musician and actor Johnny Flynn had signed up to play David Bowie in a new film titled ‘Stardust’, which would chronicle his rise to fame in the early 1970s.

However, writing on Twitter, Duncan revealed that if the film does end up going ahead, it won’t feature any of his dad’s famous original songs.

David Bowie pictured in 2010
David Bowie pictured in 2010
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Referring to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, he wrote: “I think this journalist needs to do some investigative reporting. Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic... I would know.”

He added: “Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know.

“Im saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of dads music in it, & I can’t imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, thats up to the audience.”

However, Duncan did hint there was one big-screen adaptation of his dad’s legacy that he’d be keen to see go ahead, with involvement from writer Neil Gaiman.

Duncan has been protective of his late father’s legacy since his death in 2016, and was famously critical of Lady Gaga’s tribute to Bowie at the Grammys that year.

He was decidedly more forgiving when Lorde performed in his honour at the Brit Awards weeks later, though, praising her live rendition of Life On Mars.

Reports of a David Bowie biopic come off the back of the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the story of Freddie Mercury’s life and career, with a film about Elton John, Rocketman, also expected later this year.

It was also confirmed this week that a Céline Dion biopic titled The Power Of Love is currently in the works, while Madonna was unimpressed when a film centred around her early days in New York was announced in 2017.

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