Johnny Thunders Biopic In the Works
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Johnny Thunders and Nina Antonia/Photo: Jungle Records
Nina Antonia’s definitive biography on the New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitar legend, Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood, is coming to the silver screen.
The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that the flick “concerns the wild rollercoaster ride of Thunders’ life as seen by Antonia, who had no idea what she was in for when she befriended Thunders. He called her ‘the smartest chick I ever met.'”
Alexander Soskin, whose previous credits include Sexy Beast, Boo, Zino & the Snurks and Slaves, will mark his feature-length directorial debut with this adaptation. Chloe Fontana and Ada Guerin will oversee the film’s screenplay. Production is set to get underway in 2014.
The hard-living Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr. in Queens, New York in 1952, made a name for himself on the New York City punk circuit throughout the 1970s with the New York Dolls. He later fronted the Heartbreakers and went on to issue a handful of solo albums. Thunders passed away in 1991 at the age of 38.
Enjoy “Born to Lose” (a.k.a. “Born Too Loose”), as heard on The Heartbreakers’ 1977 LP L.A.M.F., below: