Thin Lizzy Phil Lynott Biopic Shelved
The idea to make a movie of Lynott, who died in January of 1986, has hit the rocks as the remaining members of Thin Lizzy were distressed at how much the movies executives wanted to sensationalize the legendary frontman’s drug abuse.
The biopic was set to star CSI man Garry Dourdan as Lynott but guitarist Scott Gorham will not green-light the project unless the script is completely rewritten.
Speaking out about the project, Gorham has said: “It’s an ongoing saga because when we looked at the script, it was full of truths and half-truths and Hollywood’s take on Phil’s life was all about drugs.
“Of course there were drugs – that’s the sensational side of Thin Lizzy – but when the movie absolutely centered on that it became a problem.
“We want to veer people towards the music of Phillo and Thin Lizzy because he was a remarkable songwriter, musician and performer.
“There was a lot more to Phil and the band than just taking drugs. It irritates me that the personal stuff overshadows the musical legacy. You only get one shot at getting a movie right. We won’t give it the green light until everyone is happy.”
Thin Lizzy will headline Hard Rock Hell next weekend (December 5th-6th).