It appears as if we’ll be seeing a silver-screen version of the epic rise and fall of the legendary Guns N’ Roses after all: Biographer Marc Canter’s 2007 book Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction is being translated into biopic form after years of rumors.
According to RTT news, Canter confirmed the news this week during a discussion on the MyGNRForum chat board.
“[The biopic has] been in the works for about four months,” he told fans, insisting that the film will be made “by people that will do it right … I do have a big say-so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool.”
Canter, the band’s official photographer in the early years, has every intention of keeping the volatile former bandmates content with the story. A Guns N’ Roses biopic, however, is guaranteed to create friction among the former lineup’s notoriously acrimonious relationships.
“As you all know Axl doesn’t support anything to do with the old band except playing their songs live,” he explained. “However I do think he will be happy with the fact that it will clear up some stories that have been said about him from those days that were told incompletely. So setting the record straight on some of those events will be a good thing for him to see happen. Axl should know by now that I have his back and that it will be done right.”
Thankfully, we won’t be seeing reference to the current Frankenstein iteration of GNR, which possesses none of the original magic of the band. “This has nothing to do with where the band is today,” Canter continued. “The history is very important and that’s why Axl was the one who was most supportive of me documenting what they were doing when they first started out.”
We anticipate lawsuits, anger and maybe even another “Get In The Ring” as a result. But would that be such a horrible thing? After all, an entire generation of kids knows GNR as an Axl-fronted shitshow of hired guns and faded glory. It’d be great to give them some proper context of ass-kicking history.