Bon Scott movie will stay true
The AC/DC tribute artist who’s writing a docudrama about Bon Scott says his work will reflect the genuine dynamic of the man and his band.
Bon Scott: The Legend of AC/DC went into pre-production in March with a screenplay by Rob Liotti, who fronts covers band TNT and has been noted for delivery similar to his hero. He’s expected to also play the lead role.
The story deals with the months leading up to their breakthrough and the singer’s tragic death in 1980.
Liotti says: “There are a lot of challenges – one of the biggest is authenticity.
“This is an American production of an ostensibly Australian-based story. Dialect is highly important, as well as capturing the true dynamic of the band and its members.
“Australians claim ‘ownership’ of the band and Bon, so there are high expectations to be met from the outset. But it’s a story that deserves to be told.”
The project, steered by US outfit High Voltage Productions, has no connection with a similar film announced in 2008. The company says on the movie’s website: “This project will fulfil a desire by AC/DC fans around the globe to get a glimpse into the life and times of their legendary frontman.”
Meanwhile, Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham has promised to reveal what it was like working with Phil Lynott in his upcoming memoir, The Boys Are Back In Town.
And he believes the frontman, who died in 1986, would be in favour of the band’s current lineup recording new material.
Gorham tells the Independent: “Phil would be right behind the idea. Given the choice, he would want to keep the name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.
“We still feel he is with us. That’s why at every gig we introduce him as though he’s still here. He gets the biggest cheer of the night.”