It seems like every rock and metal star is getting a biopic lately, to the point where South Park is parodying the trend. The latest big name to throw their lives up on screen is Ozzy Osbourne, whose biopic is currently in the works. But according to Sharon, the Ozzy movie isn’t going to be a PG-13 rewrite of the prince of darkness’ life, but a gritty, real examination of who Ozzy was and is.
“It’s not like any other story,” Sharon told Rolling Stone. “It’s not like, ‘rock & roll, crazy, and now I’m a granddad.’ It’s so much more than that…Our film will be a lot more real. We don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults.”
Sharon mentioned that she appreciated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for what it was, but noted that it had a bit of a polish on it. “I get why they did that, because it was for a younger generation,” she said. “It was squeaky clean. It was, ‘Those songs will live forever,’ and it turned a whole generation onto Queen’s music that had never heard before. So with that, it was phenomenal. But I don’t think it was a great movie. They changed the timing [of the story] and everything in it. That’s why it was, like, made ‘nice’ and that’s what made it a Hallmark movie.”
That said, Sharon hopes the dark, edgy side of the film will actually make Ozzy’s fans feel a little less alone, and see their own plight in his story. “I hope it will be a story that everybody can relate to. You don’t have to be a fan of the music, because it’s a story about a survivor. No matter what life throws at you, you pick yourself up and you start again. It’s just an amazing story of overcoming everything that’s thrown at you in your life.”
Here’s hoping the movie does the life of the Madman justice. In the meantime, here’s Ozzy’s latest album, Ordinary Man, to get you excited.
Words by Chris Krovatin