A film based on the life of Robbie Williams is in the works.
The movie, titled ‘Better Man’, will be helmed by The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey.
According to Deadline, the film will follow Robbie’s rise to fame, and will delve into the demons he battled both on and off the stage.
Robbie’s hit songs like ‘Angels’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’ will feature in the movie, but it’s not yet known how he will be portrayed on screen.
Michael Gracey said: “As for how we represent Robbie in the film, that bit is top secret. I want to do this in a really original way.”
“I remember going to the cinema as a kid and there were films that blew me away and made me say as I sat there in the cinema, ‘I’ve never seen this before.’ I just want the audience to have that feeling.”
“All I can say is the approach is top secret, but the goal is to generate that feeling I just described,” he explained.
“It’s this fantastical story, and I want to represent it in its harsh reality all the way to these moments of pure fantasy.”
“Unlike some people who were born prodigies or musical geniuses and you follow the narrative of the world catching up to their brilliance, this isn’t that story.”
“Robbie is that Everyman, who just dreamed big and followed those dreams and they took him to an incredible place. Because of that, his is an incredibly relatable story. He’s not the best singer, or dancer, and yet, he managed to sell 80 million records worldwide.”
“You can relate to the guy who doesn’t see himself as having any extraordinary talent, even though of course, he does. What he did have is the will, vision and confidence to say, I’m going to pursue my dream,” Gracey said.
“For us as an audience, it’s a window into the world, of what if we just went for it and chased that impossible dream that so many of us put to one side.”
“This whole script was born of hours of Robbie and myself getting together at this recording studio he has at his house. We would just leave the mic on record and chat for hours.”
“Some sessions weren’t great and in the last five minutes he would say something that was so honest and truthful, it blew my mind. I would think, if I was writing a script, I could never come up with a line as brilliant as that.”
“When I was talking to him, the details of what was going on inside him when something completely different might have been taking place around him, not only is it unique, it’s an interesting way to come at a musical biopic,” he continued.
“It’s because he has such a unique way of talking about his life, and he was so open about it. If we can present it in an original way it would reflect how original this is, but also, how relatable it is.”
“It’s not often you can tell extraordinary fantastical stories that everyone can relate to. There is a bit of that in the superhero narrative, like I’m an every person and I discover something and get this incredible superpower.”
“That is a fantasy we all subscribe to. It is interesting when you can access that when it comes to a rock star.”