No, don’t get the title confused with 1950s Michelangelo biopic “Lust for Life” starring Kirk Douglas. The Hollywood Reporter says this one is about 1970s rock icons Iggy Pop and David Bowie and the time they spend working on their music together in West Berlin (before the Wall came down, so that “West” means something). Gabriel Range will direct Robin French’s screenplay. Fittingly, the producers will be pitching the project to buyers at the European Film Market this week in Berlin (no West necessary now).
Bowie and Iggy Pop were already at the top of their game in the mid-’70s when they went off to Berlin. The material they produced there is considered amongst their best, or most influential. That’s what Wikipedia says about David Bowie’s “Low,” the album that came out of their time in Berlin. Iggy Pop’s “Idiot” and “Lust for Life” (title song co-written by Bowie, heard in a commercial near you at anytime) is some of his better known work.
Egol Tosselli, one of the film’s producers said: “”[Lust for Life] is not a traditional rock biopic, for no one dies at the end.” Damn it!! He should have given a spoiler alert.
In a whimsical bit of timing, Bowie just released his first song in decades, “Where are We Now?” which reflects on his time in Berlin. Bowie always is working a bit ahead of everyone else.
No word on when this will happen, but casting should be delightful.