Duncan Jones Criticizes Upcoming David Bowie Biopic ‘Stardust’ & Producers Respond

The Playlist | 2/6/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Can you do a musical biopic without using any of the musician’s actual songs? After the massive worldwide success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which relied heavily (some might say too much) on the songs of Queen, that’s a question worth asking. Well, for the producers of the upcoming David Bowie-based film “Stardust,” they believe that the music is second to the character. Oh and that’s because they don’t have the rights to the music, says Bowie’s son Duncan Jones.

The controversy surrounding “Stardust” began a few days ago, when it was announced that Johnny Flynn and Jena Malone would star in the upcoming film that would cover Bowie’s life in 1971 and trade the origins for his persona Ziggy Stardust. After the announcement, fans went to Twitter to ask the vocal Duncan Jones what he thinks about the film. And not surprisingly, the filmmaker had thoughts.

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First, he wanted to make it abundantly clear that “Stardust,” and more than likely, no other biopic, would ever get the song rights to Bowie’s catalog. And because of that, he’s not sure about anything with the film.

“Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn’t know. Im saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of dads music in it, &...
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