In the latest installment of Hollywood’s music biopic fascination, Culture Club’s Boy George is getting his own film.
Developed by MGM and directed by Sacha Gervasi, the film is centered around his upbringing in a working-class family and his growth into the legendary leader of Culture Club. Part of the new-wave craze in the ’80s, Culture Club racked up hit after hit with songs like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?”
In terms of musical ventures, Gervasi directed the 2008 critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Otherwise, the director is credited with the 2018 Peter Dinklage flick My Dinner with Hervé and the 2012 biopic Hitchcock, which follows the horror aficionado’s relationship with his wife.
“There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, per Deadline. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them to bring this remarkably honest and wildly entertaining tale to audiences around the world.”
MGM’s Kevin King Templeton and Paul Kemsley will produce the currently untitled film, with George himself and Jessica de Rothschild as executive producers.
Listen to a 1984 Boy George interview from the Paste archives below.