Documentary on Rock Icon Ozzy Osbourne in the Works
by Alex Billington
September 15, 2008
We've already seen what Ozzy Osbourne's life is like on the reality TV show "The Osbournes", so why not a documentary? The currently untitled film is being written and produced by first-timer Jordan Tappis and directed by first-timer Mike Piscitelli, all under the development of Jacko Productions, the company started by Ozzy's son Jack. While you might think this is another glossy look at the rock icon's life, his son insists otherwise. "I want people to see John Osbourne as the guy I grew up with, the tormented, complex musician whose personal demons manifest themselves in so many crazy, unique ways. He's agreed to it but is putting up his guard, massively afraid of putting his true self out there on display for people to see."
When I was a really young kid, I remember talking with friends about a crazy rock band where the singer would bite off the heads of bats and puppies. I was scared as hell of this guy without even really knowing who he was or what his music sounded like, and I was always afraid I'd show up at the wrong concert. Years later I went to Ozzfest and saw Black Sabbath and needless to say, there were no bats or puppies, but it was a great show. Now Ozzy Osbourne has been turned into this bumbling father figure of occasional wisdom, courtesy of MTV. Unfortunately that's not the musician I'd want to see a documentary about. I've always hated the show, but apparently he's not the same guy that it turned him into, as his son explains.
"[They] couldn't show the darkness and so they used all the goofy things, but that's not really who he was at the time," Jack Osbourne explains. "Dad has been sober for three years, and I've never seen him more focused, honest and straight-up. He refuses to do a book, because he's terribly dyslexic, can't write and doesn't want a ghostwriter, so I thought, why not make this his talking book?" Jack has filmed several of his concerts, is compiling early archive footage, and working on an interview with Ozzy's first wife, which he'll put together before pitching it to distributors. Although this is yet another film following the Hollywood trend on musicians, with an introduction to him like Jack delivers above, I'm definitely interested. Count me in!