The former cop turned thriller (The Lyonnais, 36 Quai des Goldsmiths) had to give up his film project on the life of the Youth Idol. He would have been abused, he said, by a close relative of the singer’s family assuring him that the family had validated this film. Which apparently was not the case.
It is a sharp story that, in other times, could have appealed to Olivier Marchal. The former cop turned into a talented thriller (Les Lyonnais, 36 quai des Orfèvres...) has just given up on the biopic he wanted to devote to Johnny Hallyday. Yet this beautiful biographical project dedicated to the fate of the idol of young people was close to his heart as he had admitted in our columns in May 2020: “We will start from his 18 years until his death without addressing the issues of inheritance. Johnny was a lovely, lovely guy. He had ten lives, he touched me a lot. He had a crazy talent.“
Despite his first hopes, the filmmaker finally had to abandon this project as he has just entrusted to our colleagues from Star TV : “I ran into a con artist who told me the family was up for it. Nobody knew about it. If it’s a hassle, it’s game over.“
As we have become accustomed to since the death of Johnny Hallyday everything now seems complicated when it comes to bringing his work to life and in this case his legendary life. Learning the biographical project of Olivier Marchal, Læticia Hallyday had expressed little enthusiasm through the voice of her press officer who had declared to the Figaro: “This is just a project as there are dozens in the drawers at the moment… But nothing is confirmed yet.“
In the past year, in fact, much has changed in the life of the most famous widow in France. She fell in love with a director, Jalil Lespert, who would also make a film about the fabulous fate of Johnny …
The Lyonnais by Olivier Marchal in 2011, with Gérard Lanvin, Tchéky Karyo …