According to Deadline, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has joined forces with filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story Of Anvil!”) to write a narrative screenplay focusing on the 1994 show he played in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War as the city was under siege. This news comes after a documentary focusing on the concert was previously released and after Dickinson was officially named an “an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.”
“The few incredible days I spent in Sarajevo with my solo band pre-Christmas in 1994 were some of the most intense of my life. Crafting a story to bring the emotions, madness, tragedy and triumph to the screen is no easy task. My own journey was as a long-haired heavy metal singer driving through firefights into a city that had been under siege longer than Stalingrad. Mine was not, of course, the only journey taken on that day, and afterwards, at home in London, I left behind in Sarajevo travelling companions on the road of life. This movie is actually dedicated to their story, not mine.”
“I first met Bruce Dickinson as a 15-year-old Maiden fan in London in 1982. Now, nearly 40 years later, to be co-writing this extraordinarily intense and personal story with Bruce himself is a genuine and unexpected honor. The real story of the kids and local musicians who attended that show is as poignant as it is inspiring. Many of them didn’t make it. As Bruce has already said, we hope this film will be a tribute to them.”
A clip of Dickinson and Gervasi discussing the project on Alex Ferrari’s podcast “Next Level Soul” can also be found over at Deadline.