A film is being planned about the life and times of Michael Hutchence, the frontman of Australian rock band INXS who committed suicide 15 years ago, a report said Friday.
Former Hollywood screenwriter Bobby Galinsky, best-known for his work on the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland thriller Flatliners, told ABC radio casting was expected in the new year.
“It is a big task, I’ve been a writer for 35 years and this is something I’ve wanted to do for over a decade and everything has now come together with it,” he said.
The movie will be called Two Worlds Colliding, based on the book Just a Man — The Real Michael Hutchence penned by the singer’s mother and sister, after Galinsky obtained the rights.
He said he planned it to be along the lines of Ray, the story of Ray Charles, or Walk the Line which focused on Johnny Cash, “about a life, not a chapter”.
“We’d like to start in his childhood and what made the man, then the evolution of when he got into INXS and how that transformed him, and then of course his personal life,” said Galinsky.
“I want it to be what was behind the man, not just the guy you saw on stage, but who was Michael Hutchence, what drove him, what were his demons, what were his loves, not the persona that people saw on stage for a couple of hours.”
INXS were one of the world’s biggest acts throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, fuelled by Hutchence's charismatic performances, with the band having multiple hits around the world.
During his life, Hutchence had a string of love affairs with prominent actresses, models and singers, including Kylie Minogue.
But he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in 1997, with the coroner ruling his death was suicide while the singer was depressed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
He left behind a daughter, Tiger Lily, from a relationship with British TV presenter Paula Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000.
Tiger Lily now lives with her legal guardian, Yates’s former husband Bob Geldof.
Asked who he saw as his leading man, Galinsky replied: “I have been in conversation with couple of guys, there is an English gentleman, several Australians, but I would hate to pick someone out at the moment.”
INXS, which continued on without Hutchence, announced their retirement after 35 years earlier this month.