The Sunday Times has revealed that a biopic documenting Johnny Logan’s career in the 1980s is being developed by a Northern Irish production company. The aim is for “Mr Eurovision” to get “the big-screen treatment” and a cinema release.
“Dramatising” Logan’s life
The producer of the biopic, to be titled “Mr Eurovision, is Brian J Falconer. He describes the film as a “dramatised” version of Johnny Logan’s life between 1980 and 1987. His two Eurovision victories as a performer will act as the two bookends of the biopic.
Johnny Logan won the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with “What’s Another Year” and returned in 1987 with “Hold Me Now” recording a second victory. He returned as a songwriter in 1992 for Linda Martin and their entry “Why Me?” gave Logan his record-breaking third Eurovision victory and the nickname “Mr Eurovision”.
Notable screenwriters involved
The screenplay for “Mr Eurovision” is currently being written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson. Their most notable work to date is “Good Vibrations”, a movie starring Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer and Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker in its lead roles.
Logan himself has been approving of the biopic, explaining to The Sunday Times that he had to go through “all the legal stuff” to give Falconer the legal rights to use his career and life for the film.
Netflix’s “Eurovision” film also coming soon
“Mr Eurovision” isn’t the only Eurovision-related movie in production, with Netflix’s “Eurovision” due for release in the coming months. Filming commenced in the United Kingdom and Ireland last year and will star Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato.
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