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'Glee' Editor Alexander Soskin to Direct Johnny Thunders Biopic

6/17/2014

By Greg Gilman
TheWrap

"Glee" editor Alexander Soskin will make his feature-length directorial debut with the adaptation of Nina Antonia's rock biography "Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood."

Chloë Fontana and Ada Guerin wrote the screenplay for the biopic, which is scheduled to begin production early next year. Los Angeles-based production company L.A.M.F. Films is producing.

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Thunders, the founding member of '70s punk band The New York Dolls, was a guitarist known as much for his rock 'n' roll swagger as he was his addiction to drugs.

Thunders had been reported dead of an overdose more than a dozen times in his lifetime, but when he did die — for good — in New Orleans in 1991, the official cause of death was "unknown." A ransacked apartment made his passing particularly mysterious.

Soskin, who is currently editing the fifth season of "Glee," has directed a short film that won both gold and audience awards at the Nike Young Director's awards, and is attached to direct the British crime thriller "Gunned Down."

"In Cold Blood," a biography authorized by Thunders himself, was originally published in 1987 and is now in its third edition.

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