Ozzy Planning To Bite Into Biopic
Ozzy Osbourne is close to signing a deal with a major studio for a biopic about his wild life and times, according to his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. Asked whether she could see her successfulOzzy Osbourne is close to signing a deal with a major studio for a biopic about his wild life and times, according to his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. Asked whether she could see her successful MTV series "The Osbournes" make the leap to the big screen, Ms. Osbourne said, "I wouldn't want to do a comedy film because we're working on Ozzy's life-story film right now," she said. "We haven't signed the deal, but we're really close to closing the deal."
Osbourne would not reveal which studio she is negotiating with, but did disclose that she is one of the film's scriptwriters. "I'm doing a lot of it," she said.
Fans of "The Osbournes" hoping the self-proclaimed "Prince of F***ing Darkness" will star as himself will be disappointed. "He wouldn't be in it himself," she said, but named the person atop her wish list of thespians who might portray her husband: Johnny Depp. "I have a dream of who it could be, but I don't know if he'll do it," she said. "He's a brilliant actor."
But Depp won't get any calls until the studio in question is under contract. "Until it's actually signed we won't be talking to anyone," she said.
Osbourne revealed her movie plans in an interview about the upcoming 10-episode season of her MTV series, which, as reported yesterday, has been scheduled to premiere Nov. 26. Refuting reported rumors that her treatment for cancer could push the debut into next year, Osbourne said she is in relatively good health given the circumstances and won't shy away from depicting her struggle with the disease on the air. "We're still an open book," she said.
Although MTV will even go as far as showing Osbourne undergoing chemotherapy, the series will not seem downbeat, according to Lois Curren, senior VP of music development at MTV and the executive in charge of "The Osbournes" production. "The show is as humorous as it ever was," she said. "The illness is not the focus of their lives."
But there will be dramatic moments this season as well. "We will see how the family finds out and deals with the knowledge that Sharon has cancer," said Curren. "We're going to handle it like the family is handling it: with brutal honesty."
MTV has been shooting inside the Osbourne home since July and will finish by March; the first three episodes are being completed and shooting will probably continue on the other seven even after the season premiere. According to the deal hammered out between MTV and the family, another cycle of 10 episodes will be taped, presumably for a third season.
The new season will also introduce new "characters," including Robert Marcato, a family friend who comes to live with the Osbournes. The family's ever-expanding menagerie of pets will also welcome the addition of two dogs, two cats, and a mynah bird.
In advance of the season premiere, MTV will air a 30-minute special on Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. that will allow viewers to catch up with the Osbourne family. Among the highlights will be footage of Ozzy's encounter with Queen Elizabeth of England and clips of daughter Kelly's burgeoning music career.
The season's first episode finds the family in their rented home in Malibu, where son Jack is seen surfing and Ozzy builds bonfires on the beach. The heavy metal icon also indulges in a new hobby, according to Curren: knife-throwing.