Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and his solo band played the Bosnian Cultural Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina during the height of The Siege Of Sarajevo in 1994. The four-year siege was carried out by the Army of Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serb Army) and killed nearly 14,000 people total. Dickinson's show has since been chronicled in the 2016 documentary Scream For Me Sarajevo, which is a pretty damn scary watch.
According to Deadline, Dickinson is working with filmmaker Sacha Gervasi on a screenplay based on the show. Dickinson said the movie will be dedicated to all the lives lost.
"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," he said.
"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."
Gervasi echoed Dickinson's sentiments, adding the movie will stick to the real story.
"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."
In the meantime, check out a trailer for Scream For Me Sarajevo below. Then go watch the whole thing.