Johnny Thunders Bio-Pic Slated to Hit Theaters in 2017


Johnny Thunders Bio-Pic Slated to Hit Theaters in 2017

–Joe Lund

Punk legend Johnny Thunders is the subject of a forthcoming bio-pic slated to hit theaters sometime in 2017. As reported by Billboard, the film will be adapted from the acclaimed biography, “Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood,” which was written by Nina Antonia. Antonia will serve as one of the film’s co-writers.

A founding member of the New York Dolls, Thunders played a central role on two classic albums released by the pioneering glam-punk group: 1973’s New York Dolls, and 1974’s Too Much Too Soon. In 1975 he left the Dolls to form the Heartbreakers – later re-christened Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers – with whom he released another classic album, L.A.M.F. He continued to work as a solo artist — and with the Heartbreakers, on occasion – until his death in 1991. Thunder’s passing was shrouded in mysterious circumstances.


Directing the bio-pic will be Jonas Akerlund, best known for his work on music videos for The Prodigy, Madonna, Lady Gaga and many others. Akerlund also directed the feature film “Spun,” which starred Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy and Jason Schwartzman.

In related news, a “supergroup” of sorts – comprised of The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, Blondie’s Clem Burke, MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and the Heartbreakers’ Walter Lure – are set to perform the Heartbreakers’ L.A.M.F. album on November 15 at New York’s Webster Hall. The concert is being staged as a fundraiser to benefit writer Stephan Saban, who is battling cancer.