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David Bowie and Iggy Pop Biopic to Focus on Berlin Years

Film will chronicle their collaborations in the Seventies

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone Feb 08, 2013
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A new biopic titled Lust For Life will focus on David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s legendary collaboration in West Berlin in the 1970s, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Gabriel Range (Death of a President) is attached to direct the movie, which will chronicle Bowie and Pop during the period that resulted in what are regarded as some of their best albums: Bowie’s Low and Pop’s The Idiot and Lust for Life. Robin French wrote the screenplay based on sources including Paul Trynka’s books Starman: David Bowie and Open Up and Bleed: Iggy Pop.

Berlin-based producer Egoli Tossell said in a statement that Lust for Life “is not a traditional rock biopic, for no one dies at the end,” and added that the film’s central character will be the divided city of West Berlin, which attracted all sorts of artists, activists and pleasure-seekers during the Seventies.

Bowie’s time in Berlin was a central part of “Where Are We Now,” musician’s first new song in 10 years, which will appear on his 30th studio record The Next Day, set for a March release. The video for the song shows Bowie walking around the city, revisiting places from his past, including an auto repair shop downstairs from his old apartment.

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