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Thin Lizzy Stops Phil Lynott Movie Being Made

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Nightwatcher's House Of Rock is reporting:

A Hollywood movie based on the life of late THIN LIZZY frontman/bassist Phil Lynott has been shelved - after surviving band members accused filmmakers of sensationalizing the star's drug abuse.

Lynott died of heart failure and pneumonia on January 4, 1986 at the age of 36, after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

A biopic, starring CSI actor Gary Dourdan in the lead role, was set to be shot - but the project has now been halted after Thin Lizzy's remaining members expressed their concerns.

And guitarist Scott Gorham insisted the movie's directors will not win their approval until the script is completely rewritten.

He said: "It's an ongoing saga because when we looked at the script, it was full of truths and half-truths and Hollywood's take on Phil's life was all about drugs.

"Of course there were drugs - that's the sensational side of Thin Lizzy - but when the movie absolutely centered on that it became a problem.

"We want to veer people towards the music of Phillo and Thin Lizzy because he was a remarkable songwriter, musician and performer.

"There was a lot more to Phil and the band than just taking drugs. It irritates me that the personal stuff overshadows the musical legacy. You only get one shot at getting a movie right. We won't give it the green light until everyone is happy."

Source: Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

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1. Gytrash writes:

The man is absolutely spot on. The focus has to be the music or it becomes sensationalist crap. Good call, Scott!

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 9:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Netromancer writes:

Have to agree here.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. That_One_Guy writes:

Well said, Gytrash.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Definitely, as I've said before, I strongly believe Lynott was the greatest rock frontman of all time so I'd hate for them to make a crappy film about him. Frankly I'd rather they didn't do one at all.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 5:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Bad Habits writes:

I agree as well, Phil was the greatest songwrtier of all time { i believe } working man tough street type lyrcis Very under rated band in some areas for all the material and solo stuff that was done, Do the movie right or not at all, and the movie should have the music included there is a fight about that as well, what good would the moive be without the songs, you will find VERY few people even band members that dont respect the heck out of lizzy, when you read some of his lyrics they are incredible stories, also interesting are his books of poetry he released. Peace all.

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

Completely agree with everyone. Especially with Bad Habits and Oz.

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. jimmy j. writes:

If the movie isn't about the band and their music don't do a movie at all . Show the man some respect.

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jenny writes:

Agreed. The entire article said it all.

NP: "Vain Glory Opera" -Edguy

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

hey Jenny, how do you get a picture up?

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Jenny writes:

Jake: Go to gravatar.com

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

thanks!

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

UGH! I got the account made and the picture, but how do I get it for this website?

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

hahahaha nvm I got it

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jenny writes:

^Haha about posts 12 and 13. Is that you?

# Dec 31, 2008 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

yup =D

# Jan 1, 2009 @ 10:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. That_One_Guy writes:

Jenny -- My avatar is me. :-D Seriously. I wear a lime-peel helmet all the time.

# Jan 1, 2009 @ 11:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Jenny writes:

Jake: Cool!

T.O.G. That explains a lot lol :D

# Jan 1, 2009 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. psythe writes:

lol TOG is one SPECIAL guy :/

and on topic, I hate sensationalism... like, REALLY dislike it. I'm glad these guys still have some sense of dignity and pride :)

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 2:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

Have you guys heard the Mastodon cover of Emerald (it was a Thin Lizzy song)?

It's amazing, check it out. They did it stupid version not live, so it sounds really good.

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Netromancer writes:

Im a big Thin Lizzy fan as well as a Mastodon fan. Great cover.

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

oh oops! I meant to say studio not stupid version haha

# Jan 2, 2009 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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