High Voltage Productions, an American production company, has begun pre-production development of an upcoming proposed docu-drama entitled “Bon Scott – The Legend Of AC/DC” as of March of this year. This announcement comes on the heels of a prior announcement back in 2008 that an Australian production company was beginning development of a similar project that has not yet materialized. This project hopes to be the first of its kind.
The screenplay for the film is being written by American singer/writer Rob Liotti who has portrayed Bon Scott for a number of years in his tribute band TNT (see video below) and has wowed thousands of AC/DC fans with his uncanny performances. Liotti is also slated to take on the starring role in the film portraying the late Aussie frontman. One could equate his performance in similarity to what tribute singer Tim “Ripper” Owens did for JUDAS PRIEST.
The plot of the docu-drama is said to examine an integral time period within AC/DC‘s history as Bon Scott helped to catapult AC/DC to international stardom, but never really got to enjoy the fruits of his labor — even sometimes dealing with bouts of extreme loneliness and isolationism — and ultimately culminating in his untimely death by misadventure in 1980.
“There are a lot of challenges with a project of this type,” Liotti said. “One of the biggest challenges is authenticity. This is an American production of an ostensibly Australian-based story. Therefore, dialect is highly important, as well as capturing the true dynamic of the band and its members. Moreover, the Australians claim ‘ownership’ of the band and Bon Scott, so there are high expectations to be met from the outset. But it is a story that is viable and deserves to be told.”
With AC/DC‘s 40th anniversary coming up and now annual events paying homage to the late Scott, millions of AC/DC fans worldwide are seething for a film of this type so that they might personally explore what has made AC/DC one of the most successful rock bands in history and their late singer an Australian icon.