According to Paparazzi Daily, radio personality/comedian Jeff Dandurand will portray Jani Lane in the upcoming biopic about the late WARRANT singer’s life.
Dandurand, who also direct the film, tells the site, “I want people to know how serious Lane was as a songwriter and also see how out of control he got when he used alcohol and drugs.
“Cherry Pie Guy” will begin with Jani arriving in Hollywood in the spring of 1985 and will treat the “hair-metal” era with “respect,” according to Dandurand.
“Artists like Lane were treated like scum and paid a terrible price for their fame,” Jeff said. “‘Cherry Pie Guy’ will astonish those who can’t see beyond cliché hair-metal nostalgia and open their eyes to an amazing songwriter and frontman.”
Look for “Cherry Pie Guy” sometime in 2013.
Lane suffered from “acute ethanol poisoning” when he died in August 2011 at a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California.
The singer had battled alcoholism for years and also had a history of alcohol-related arrests.
Lane originally left WARRANT in March 1993 but rejoined the band in September 1994. The group went on to record the “Ultraphobic” (1995), “Belly To Belly” (1996) and “Greatest Latest” (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, “Under The Influence”, in 2001. Jani quit WARRANT again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.
Lane released a solo album, “Back Down to One”, in 2003, but shortly after was admitted to a rehab center for alcohol and drug-related exhaustion. He also appeared on VH1‘s reality series “Celebrity Fit Club”.
Jani is survived by his wife, Kimberly; a brother, Eric; three sisters, Marcine Williams, Michelle Robinson and Victoria Oswald; a daughter from his first marriage, Taylar Lane; a daughter from his second marriage, Madison Lane; and two stepdaughters, Ryan and Brittany.