A Boy George movie is moving ahead, pivoting from MGM to Millennium Media. Its working title is Karma Chameleon, and the film will begin shooting this summer in Europe, as reported by Deadline. George himself dropped many hints about what performers could be involved in the project, but one thing is very clear: this film has the full support of the artist, best known as the lead singer of Culture Club.
What has already been confirmed is that Sacha Gervasi, whose previous credits include Hitchcock and My Dinner with Hervé, is on board as writer and director of the film. Kevin King Templeton and Paul Kemsley will produce, while Gervasi’s wife Jessica de Rothschild will executive produce along with George. Casting director Kate Ringsell has already joined the production.
A search for the right actor to play George is underway. In a conversation with guest shot Ranvir Singh on Lorraine, George teased, “There’s going to be an announcement very soon so I can’t tell you too much, but it’s really exciting.” He reacted positively to the suggestion that Sophie Turner, the actress best known for playing Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, could play George, and Harry Styles was another possibility put forward by Singh. George has also said that Daniel Mays might play his father and that “there are rumours of Keanu Reeves popping in.”
The move to Millennium, which recently put out films like The Outpost and the upcoming The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, means the production is gearing up and we should expect more information to emerge as shooting approaches. The company is already preparing to pre-sell the film at the pre-festival Cannes film market, Marché du Film, this summer.
Jonathan Yunger, Co-President of Millennium Media, shared that “We’re elated to bring this amazing story to life. Boy George and Culture Club have been an inspiration to so many people. Specifically, George’s unapologetic way of being true to himself. He has paved the way for people to live their truth as fearless individuals. This is more relevant today than ever and we are so proud to have Sacha lead the charge on this musical journey.”
Templeton also praised the involvement of Millenium, adding that “now with Millennium Media coming on board, all of the elements are in place and I look forward to finding a dynamic lead. Having spent time with George over the last four years developing the film, it is important to me that his story gets told in a way that honors him.”