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Alice Cooper Documentary Coming from ‘Metal Evolution’ Director

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A movie about the life and music of iconic shock rocker Alice Cooper is in the works from director Sam Dunn, the man behind the current VH1 Classic documentary miniseries Metal Evolution.  The award-winning Canadian filmmaker reveals to Spinner.com that the project is “in the early stages,” adding that it’s “probably going to focus in on his early years up to his comeback in the ’80s.”

Dunn said he believes that the colorful Cooper is definitely a worthy subject for a documentary.  “He’s a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life,” he maintained.  “He’s one of those musicians that maybe he hasn’t had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the ’70s.”

Dunn explains that, unlike Metal Evolution, the Cooper flick will not rely heavily on interview segments. “We’re exploring a different stylist approach with this film,” he noted.  “It’s going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career.  He’s such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way.”

Giving some more details about his vision for the film, Dunn said the flick will focus on “the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place.”

Dunn’s hoping the doc will be ready for release in time for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival next September.

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