Hutchence Heads For Silver Screen

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A feature-length documentary is to be made of the life of the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. Billboard reports that the film will be a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Passion Pictures, the company that made the Oscar-winning Searching For Sugarman.

Hutchence, who died in November 1997 at the age of 37, will be celebrated in the new project by Australian filmmaker and longtime INXS collaborator Richard Lowenstein, who says in a statement: “I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years.

“To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG, UK’s Passion Pictures, Ghost Pictures, [INXS manager] Chris [Murphy] and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.”

Producer David Blackman, who is head of film and television development for UMG, adds: “Michael Hutchence was a musical genius who led one of the world’s biggest bands to global stardom, only to succumb to a tragic end. We have assembled an incredible team that is committed to telling Michael’s story and providing the world with a portrait of a man who left behind an enduring musical and cultural legacy.”

The Hutchence documentary is planned to arrive late next year, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his passing.

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