According to Variety, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have partnered with Sony Pictures and Polygram Entertainment for their upcoming biopic. The as-yet-untitled film, which will focus on the love story between the BLACK SABBATH frontman and his wife and manager, will be scripted by Lee Hall, who previously worked on Elton John‘s “Rocketman”.
“Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous but it was our undying love that kept us together,” said Sharon. “We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen.”
The film is being produced by Sharon and her children Jack and Aimée Osbourne via their label Osbourne Media (which was also behind the Showtime documentary “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” and A&E‘s “Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne”), alongside Michele Anthony and David Blackman on behalf of Polygram Entertainment. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing development for Sony.
Variety also points out that music from BLACK SABBATH and Ozzy‘s solo career will be featured in the film.
Last year, Ozzy stated about the biopic: “From what I understand, it’s about Sharon and I and our relationship. It’s how we met, fell in love, and how we married. She’s my other half. She grew up a lot with me, and I grew up a lot with her.”
“I hope it will be a story that everybody can relate to,” Sharon said. “You don’t have to be a fan of the music, because it’s a story about a survivor. No matter what life throws at you, you pick yourself up and you start again. It’s just an amazing story of overcoming everything that’s thrown at you in your life.”
Sharon added that the film will be “a lot more real” than the QUEEN biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “We don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that,” she said. “We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults.”
Back in January 2019, Sharon told Variety that she had approached Danny Boyle (“28 Days Later”, “Sunshine”, “Trainspotting”) about directing the film. “It’s the madness of my childhood, growing up in the industry with a powerful father who was somewhat violent,” she said.
Sharon went on to say that she “would get a complete unknown” to play Ozzy. “It’s Ozzy at a very young age,” she explained. “It’s Ozzy at 20.”
Sharon‘s father, former music mogul Don Arden, became known as the “Al Capone of pop” and the “English Godfather” for his tough-guy business practices while overseeing the careers of acts ranging from ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA to BLACK SABBATH. Arden and his daughter became estranged in 1982 after she took over the management of Ozzy‘s solo career, also marrying the singer. Father and daughter were not on good terms for nearly 20 years until reconciling in 2002.
Sharon had to pay her father $1 million in a court settlement after she gained control of Ozzy‘s affairs.