A biopic of the late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is to go into production, based on a book penned by his sister Tina and late mother Patricia titled Just a Man – The Real Michael Hutchence.
Writer Bobby Galinsky is working on the film’s screenplay which will be developed under the working title “Two Worlds Colliding” from the lyrics of the band’s hit single Never Tear Us Apart. The casting and announcement of a director are expected to follow in the New Year.
“I chased the idea 12 years ago but there was so much litigation and family issues, it looked too harsh,” Galinsky revealed to Australian magazine Encore.
“But recently I was made aware of Trevor Ray Field – who was good friends of Tina Hutchence – and he brought me the book.
“Over the course of the last month we negotiated rights with Tina, and we hit the mark. I like music biopics to be about the person, not just sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s going to be a heartfelt, interesting project about a complex life, like Ray or Walk the Line.”
It is fifteen years ago today since Hutchence was found dead in his Sydney hotel room aged 37. Whilst enjoying enormous success in his native Australia and internationally with his band INXS, the singer and actor had endured an increasingly troubled personal life – including a high-profile relationship with British TV presenter Paula Yates with whom he had a daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence.
Although his death was recorded by a coroner as the result of suicide, there has been much debate over whether he died as a result of an accident – a claim publically supported by Yates.