Jack Osbourne On New Biopic, The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne
While we wait for an official premiere date for the highly-anticipated and star-studded new Prince Of Darkness biopic, The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, Jack has discussed his role as producer on the film, as well as why now was the time to do it.
Speaking to Collider, Jack has given director Greg Johnston – who was also one of the original executive producers on TV series The Osbournes – credit for the way it’s all come out, enthusing, “We have such a long history of working with him, and he has such an understanding of us, personally, as a family, and my father’s career that it was very much a no-brainer to have him take the helm. I think he knocked it out of the park.”
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Timing-wise, Jack explains, it made sense to have The Nine Lives… out almost a decade after previous documentary, 2011’s God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, with the heavy metal hero also likely stepping away from music in the near future.
“It’s been 10 years since the last doc came out and a lot has changed,” explains Jack. “Within the next five to 10 years, my dad’s probably gonna retire, so I just felt like it was a good time.”
When asked about his father’s Parkin’s II diagnosis and how he processed it all on camera, Jack admits, “The toughest thing for me about that process was that, with someone like my dad, who has been a part of his craft and actively working for 50 years, is that, when you tell that person, ‘Hey, you might not be able to do that anymore,’ the worry is that, like when a racehorse can’t race anymore, they lose the will to keep going, and that was my worry. He got this really god awful diagnosis and he had a bad injury, as a result of it, and there was genuine fear that he might not be able to perform his craft anymore. That was what I found very upsetting.
“He’s in a different place now, from when we shot that. He’s doing much better. He’s come to terms with where he’s at, a little bit more, and he’s slowly recovering. I do think he’ll make it back out on the road, eventually. It was just a really tough thing to face. He had this whole tour planned, and it was difficult for him. It was difficult for all of us because we just saw how hard he was taking it.”
Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne will reportedly premiere this summer.
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