Roger Daltrey Gets Behind Keith Moon Biopic
It’s long been trapped in development limbo, but it looks like a movie about the wild life and times of Who drummer Keith Moon might finally be heading for theaters — with support and creative input from one of Moon’s former bandmates, no less.
The latest news surrounding the project reveals that a funding arrangement is in the works, along with a working relationship between Roger Daltrey and the production company’s CEO. As Daltrey put it in a statement, “The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart, so I am excited to reinvigorate it.” And if you’re worried that Daltrey’s involvement means the movie will offer a sanitized treatment of Moon’s infamously hard-partying lifestyle, don’t be; according to reports, the goal is actually to focus on the more irresponsible facets of his behavior.
A Moon biopic has been bandied about for years, and although funding has proven elusive until now, that hasn’t stopped actors from daydreaming about playing the legendary drummer; in fact, ‘Entourage’ star Jeremy Piven publicly lobbied for the part just a couple of years ago.
There’s no word yet on who the filmmakers have in mind to portray Moon, or any idea of how the film might deal with his untimely death, but with Daltrey on board, things seem to be off to a pretty good start. As one executive connected with the project told reporters, “I am a massive Who fan and consider Keith Moon to be the greatest rock drummer of all time. I could feel Roger’s passion and detailed perspective for this unique story after our first phone call.”