Karma Chameleon: Boy George biopic moves to Millennium Media
It has been nearly two years since we last heard an update regarding the development of Sacha Gervasi’s Boy George biopic, and now Deadline brings word that the upcoming project has officially moved from MGM to Millennium Media and is now titled Karma Chameleon. Boy George has also confirmed that the casting search for the right actor to portray him has already begun, while teasing the potential involvement of Danny Mays (1917) and John Wick star Keanu Reeves. Production on the musical drama film is expected to start this coming summer in London and Bulgaria.
“We’re elated to bring this amazing story to life. Boy George and Culture Club have been an inspiration to so many people,” Co-President of Millennium Media Jonathan Yunger saidin a statement. “Specifically, George’s unapologetic way of being true to himself. He has paved the way for people to live their truth as fearless individuals. This is more relevant today than ever and we are so proud to have Sacha lead the charge on this musical journey.”
Karma Chameleon will explore Boy George’s humble beginnings in an Irish working-class family, through his rise to the top of the international charts with the ’80s band Culture Club alongside original band members Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig. The film will feature the groundbreaking singer’s library of music as well as the band’s biggest hits.
The iconic singer is best known for his androgynous style and openness to his identity. He rose to fame during the New Romantic era of pop in London which was a pop culture movement that was influenced by David Bowie and Marc Bolan. Boy George is the lead singer of the English pop band Culture Club, who are known for their hit songs “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)” They have sold over 50 million records since their debut.
Producer Kevin King Templeton added, “Now with Millennium Media coming on board, all of the elements are in place and I look forward to finding a dynamic lead. Having spent time with George over the last four years developing the film, it is important to me that his story gets told in a way that honors him.”
Karma Chameleon will be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi (My Dinner with Hervé, Hitchcock). Producers are Kevin King Templeton (Creed I & II) and Paul Kemsley, with George and Jessica de Rothschild set as executive producers.
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