The Age of the Biographical Film


Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice are the two leading films that have caused a chain reaction in ushering in a new era of biographical films. The best analogy I can use is the same effect the first Spiderman had on the film industry with superhero movies. How many superhero movies have been made since then? Almost too many to count. There were superhero movies made before that, but none caused a ripple effect like Spiderman did.


The only thing the entertainment industry cares about is money. That’s why they are so easily swayed by public opinion in almost any way. Money matters and the last thing they want to do is alienate potential customers. With the massive success of these two biographical films, more notably Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s clear this is where the money is.


Now that I think of it, before all of these was First Man starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington as Ron Stallworth. It’s kind of funny how all of these biopics I've listed so far were released back to back.


Some of the lesser known biopics that are more for the independent artsy crowd are Stan & Ollie and At Eternity’s Gate. These weren’t box office mules, but they were still very good films. As you can see, most film studios are trying to jump on this train quicker than we’re all thinking.


Do you think I’m joking when I say this will be a new trend?


Just today, the Rocketman trailer dropped. If any of you reading this don’t know who this biopic is about just by the title, please go crawl back into the hole where you came from. Elton John is absolutely legendary. By the looks of the trailer, Rocketman may stack up to Bohemian Rhapsody.





The Hulk Hogan biopic was also recently announced starring Thor, or should I say Chris Hemsworth.


Also in the works is Reagan starring Dennis Quaid and Fonzo starring Tom Hardy.


Netflix has funded and will be releasing The Irishman, the story of Jimmy Hoffa and Frank Sheeran. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese and staring Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro. This is the first time they will all act in a film together. It’s also the first film where Scorsese will be directing Pacino. Talk about a cash cow.


Be prepared for the age of the biopic.


If these studios want to rip me off, some fantastic ideas for biopics would be Frank Sinatra/The Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, and Elvis Presley.

©2020 by Anthony Sciarratta

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