We almost got a David Bowie-themed film — a musical, no less — from one our generation’s most acclaimed directors.
In the interview, Boyle stated the project was axed when Bowie would not grant him permission to use his music. In an opportune twist of fate — for Boyle devotees, at least — the director was left “in grief” and instead channeled his creative energy into making Steve Jobs. In Boyle’s words, he directed the 2015 film to “fill the space in my heart left by the abandoned Bowie script.”
Boyle had been working on the Bowie script with Frank Cottrell Boyce, who also wrote the Factory Records film 24 Hour Party People.
Still, Boyle said he is “very keen” to continue the film in the future.
In more positive Bowie news, he shared a two-minute sample of his chilling new song “Blackstar.” The track will appear on his 2016 album of the same name and soundtrack the opening credits of the new Canal+/Sky Atlantic television program, The Last Panthers.
Previously, only a minute-long sample of Bowie’s “Blackstar” had been shared.
Blackstar, the album, is due Jan. 8, on Bowie’s 69th birthday.