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    Having lapped up the recent Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, with its clichéd and numerous historical inaccuracies, it's interesting to consider what inaccuracies a director might wish to include to add drama in a similar styled Floyd biopic culminating in their Live 8 'reunion'. I imagine casual Queen fans enjoyed the film, as I did, whilst forum-level fans might balk at very idea of watching such an historically inaccurate retelling of the band's history.

    Imagining such a Floyd film littered with jaw-dropping deliberate inaccuracies could be tongue-bitingly difficult to accept but would be marvellous to see periods of their lives played out and their music painstakingly recreated to the same degree of production as Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Possible Floyd biopic inaccuracies to be prepared for...Syd turning up at the Shine On session and adding vocals; Roger announcing he's leaving the band for a $4M offer to go solo; The Wall is portrayed as a fully collaborative band-written album.

    Perhaps another project for Nick to take a creative interest in. Hello Lee...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journey Man View Post
    Having lapped up the recent Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, with its clichéd and numerous historical inaccuracies, it's interesting to consider what inaccuracies a director might wish to include to add drama in a similar styled Floyd biopic culminating in their Live 8 'reunion'. I imagine casual Queen fans enjoyed the film, as I did, whilst forum-level fans might balk at very idea of watching such an historically inaccurate retelling of the band's history.

    Imagining such a Floyd film littered with jaw-dropping deliberate inaccuracies could be tongue-bitingly difficult to accept but would be marvellous to see periods of their lives played out and their music painstakingly recreated to the same degree of production as Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Possible Floyd biopic inaccuracies to be prepared for...Syd turning up at the Shine On session and adding vocals; Roger announcing he's leaving the band for a $4M offer to go solo; The Wall is portrayed as a fully collaborative band-written album.

    Perhaps another project for Nick to take a creative interest in. Hello Lee...
    Hopefully Nick has much better things to do with his time. Seems more like something Roger would be into working on.

    Speculating that a Hollywood movie would go one of two ways:

    1. A Syd is a tortured tragic genius fetish type thing. Kind of like The Doors movie. Lots of LSD and parties and sadness. But he inspired Dark Side of The Moon, and he smiles on from the grave or something. Or maybe like the Ray Charles or Johnny Cash movie, but with Syd as the character. I think this is an unlikely outcome, because the director will need a scene in the movie showing the kids choir singing Another Brick in The Wall, and Roger and David high fiving and saying "Yes!" after yelling and throwing stuff for most of the movie. Feel good moment.

    2. Roger sues his former friends and co workers, and David triumphs, but he's the "bad guy" because you see Roger pulling his hair out over making The Wall. Opening scene is the spitting incident, and it ends with Roger playing The Wall in like 300 football stadiums after finally convincing Evil David into letting him. Evil GREEEEDY "The Crusher of Creativity" Gilmour.

    - Would be cool if Marvel made the movie and just took Pink Floyd's 1974 Tour program, and just made that into a movie with lots of CGI explosions and stuff. It would be funny at least.

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    I don't think a PF biopic would ever make it through any movie production company executive approval. The mainstream Floyd didn't have a carismatic leader/performer comparable to Mercury that could attract occasional fans/theatre goers. We had four boring englishmen spending most of their time in boring recording sessions or boring months on the road, beside ordinary private lives. Even their career turning points (DSOTM, the Floyd wars, ...) are either too technical or too lenghty to squeeze into a movie episode.
    In any case, Waters and Gilmour should agree on the plot: this will never happen.

    One possible exception could be Syd (and bandmates as addition, but more on the background so no need for Roger and David to endorse): based on the '66-'68 events + flash forward in '75 WYWH recording session and the late Cambridge days, myth versus reality. That would certainly provide enough material and drama but I'm not sure it would top the box office like BohRap (how many ever heard about Syd Barret or its connections with the Floyd?). I see it more as a niche quality product similar to Nowhere Boy (J. Lennon).
    Maybe there's already a script somewhere or maybe Rosemary already blocked it.
    EDIT: and before Felix raise his hand, check this out http://atagong.com/iggy/index.html
    Last edited by Coloman; 2018-12-12 at 06:11 PM.

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    What Coloman said.

    The Pink Floyd was a faceless band, essentially. They eschewed the trappings of rock n roll for the most part, and kept private lives.

    They didn't really have a flamboyant front man or a drummer who set off cherry bombs or a guitarist with a staggering heroin addiction.

    The story of Syd was a tragic, delicate one, and I don't think his estate nor the band would capitalise on the story with a feature-length biopic...but you never know.

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