PHIL COLLEN doesn't Think DEF LEPPARD's story is interesting enough for proper biopic
In a recent interview with Guitar Interactive magazine, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen was asked if he thinks there will ever be a proper LEPPARD biopic in the style of QUEEN‘s mega-successful “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Elton John‘s “Rocketman”. He said: “I don’t think… After the QUEEN one, and the Elton John one was great. They’ve done it. It’s much more of an interesting story, I think. And plus you’ve seen it. It’s like a rock band does this, comes from this, massive success, someone dies — it’s always the same thing. And so it’s been done. So I don’t think they could do that. And the one that VH1/MTV did for us was, it’s a TV hour, which is 50 minutes with commercials and what have you. So, that’s what it was — low budget, obviously, all of that stuff. So yeah, I don’t think it was ever gonna be. spectacular, but it was just an insight more than anything else.”
Earlier this year, Collen‘s DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott appeared more open to the idea of a proper biopic, telling U.K.’s Metro: “There’s always something being discussed, but let’s not forget there was an MTV movie in 1999 that was fucking awful! It was low-budget, badly researched, and I had to intervene at one stage to say ‘you can’t put Phil in the band while we’re doing ‘High ‘N’ Dry’.’ We’d get slaughtered by our fans. Anything that happens from here on will be a hell of a lot more accurate.