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A Ronnie James Dio Documentary Is on the Way

Ronnie James Dio
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Ronnie James Dio photographed in July, 1987.

Fans will get a peek inside the life and times of legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio, thanks to BMG. The media company announced on Tuesday (Feb. 18) that its next film will focus on the rock icon, marking the first documentary to be fully authorized by his estate.

Helmed by Don Argott and Damian Fenton, the film is currently in production and will include never-before-seen archival footage and photos from his personal archives, as well as scenes with his closest peers, friends and family.   

The film will complete Dio's unfinished autobiography, which he was working on before his untimely death from stomach cancer in 2010. His career spanned from 1950s to the 2000s serving as the frontman for some of rock’s brightest including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. The film will touch on everything from playing sold-out stadiums to battling illness, from his powerful voice to his gentle heart.

“I am very excited to be working with BMG on Ronnie's long-awaited documentary," the rocker's wife, Wendy Dio, said in a statement. "Ronnie loved his fans and I hope they will enjoy this trip through Ronnie's life.”

To add to the fanfare of the upcoming documentary, BMG will release on March 20 a remastered collection of Dio’s acclaimed 1996 – 2004 studio albums Angry MachinesMagicaKilling The Dragon, and Master Of The Moon. The four reissues will also feature rare and unreleased bonus tracks.