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There's An Official RONNIE JAMES DIO Documentary Coming

Posted by on February 19, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Ronnie James Dio, legendary vocalist of major groups like Black Sabbath, Dio, and Rainbow, is finally getting his own documentary. Record label BMG and Dio's wife Wendy Dio have authorized the documentary, with BMG acting as the financier and executive producer of the film.

According to Blabbermouth, the documentary "will be the definitive Ronnie James Dio documentary, incorporating never-before-seen archival footage and photos from his personal archives. The film will offer intimate scenes with his closest peers, friends and family as they bring us inside the life of one of rock and roll's true heroes."

The upcoming documentary is the latest project in BMG's fast-growing line of music-related films and television projects including the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival selections "David Crosby: Remember My Name" — recently Grammy-nominated for "Best Music Film" — and the Joan Jett documentary "Bad Reputation"; "The Show's The Thing", a film about legendary concert promoters and the early days of the live music business; "Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records"; and "Echo In The Canyon", one of the top-grossing documentaries of 2019.

Currently in production, the as-yet-untitled film will be the definitive Ronnie James Dio documentary, incorporating never-before-seen archival footage and photos from his personal archives. The film will offer intimate scenes with his closest peers, friends and family as they bring us inside the life of one of rock and roll's true heroes. The film is financed solely by BMG and will be helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton ("Framing John DeLorean", "Believer", "Last Days Here"), produced by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce for 9.14 Pictures, and executive produced by Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.

Ronnie James Dio's story transcends the standard rock documentary. Set against the backdrop of Dio's unfinished autobiography — half-finished by Ronnie before his untimely death from stomach cancer in 2010 — the film will chronicle the inspiring journey of his life, love, and storied career. Whether playing sold-out stadiums or battling illness, his powerful voice and gentle heart have had a profound influence on his family, friends, and fans around the world.

The documentary currently has no known timetable.

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