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There’s a Boy George biopic in the works at MGM

There’s a Boy George biopic in the works at MGM

Boy George in the artwork for solo album This Is What I Do

On the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody’s success and Rocketman’s premiere, MGM is developing a biopic about Boy George.

According to Deadline, Sacha Gervasi is set to write and direct, while George will co-executive produce.

The movie will chronicle George’s humble beginnings coming from an Irish working-class family, to his rise to stardom. Throughout his career, George has achieved enormous success both in the band Culture Club and as a solo artist.

He’s sold more than 100 million singles and over 50 million albums since the 1980s.

George made an impression on fans and the world with his uncompromised, authentically himself persona, including androgynous attire and honesty. He’s also the author of two bestselling autobiographies.

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‘There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,’ said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, in a statement.

‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them to bring this remarkably honest and wildly entertaining tale to audiences around the world.’

This is the second big musical biopic on MGM’s docket. They also have one in development about Aretha Franklin, with Jennifer Hudson tapped to star.

Musical biopics are big hits

One of the biggest trends in Hollywood right now is the musical biopic. While they’ve always existed, Bohemian Rhapsody’s critical and financial successful lended them a huge boost.

Then Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John, opened in the UK last week and in the US this weekend. It’s been earning rave reviews and made history as the first major studio film depicting gay male sex.

Now there’s a whole slew of musical biopics on the horizon.

There’s the one about Judy Garland, another about David Bowie, and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher said he’d love to do one about Madonna.

Boy George is the latest.

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