Biopic documentaries on celebrities that were relevant many years ago have become one of the favorite topics of film studios these days. Streaming services are certainly at the forefront of this trend. With biopics like Framing Britney Spears.
Now it’s the former Batman and Top Gun star Val Kilmer that’s going to be getting his own biopic. Amazon Studios is hoping they can deliver not just your typical biopic.
What Will Make This Biopic Unique?
The biggest feature that could make this film “unique” is the fact that the documentary will include a wide array of home videos. The story is essentially trying to be told directly from Val Kilmer’s mouth and through the eyes of the people around him.
One of the toughest parts of the filmmaking process was actually digitilizing all of the home videos that Kilmer provided the studio with. It’s said that Kilmer has home videos going back 40 years. Those films were actively used in the biopic to tell the tale!
A Director In The Family
The reason why there are so many home videos in the Kilmer family is that Val’s brother Wesley was up and coming filmmaker. Sadly, Kilmer’s brother passed away when Val was just a child. According to the director of the film, Leo Scott, Wesley Kilmer’s talent was undeniable. He mentioned,
“His brother was really a budding genius director who probably could have gone on to be one of the greats,”
Val Kilmer’s childhood years are therefore heavily documented in these home films. Yet there’s a sense that these home videos are not the typical home video that you’d find in America’s Funniest Home Videos or a similar show!
As a lifelong filmmaker it thrills me to say the film will be in theaters July 23. And as a person who also enjoys getting cozy, I'm possibly more happy that it will be on @PrimeVideo Aug 6. Here's to giving every day the opportunity to be the most beautiful of your life. pic.twitter.com/noQ16UB0GN
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) July 6, 2021
The Battle With Throat Cancer
There are certainly a couple of milestone moments in Val Kilmer’s career that are set to be covered in the documentary. One of the more dramatic situations that viewers will get to see is the star’s battle with throat cancer. We may even get a chance to see why Val was denying the fact that he was dealing with cancer at the time.
In those days friend Michael Douglas had confirmed to the press that Kilmer was dealing with throat cancer. However, Val then came out and denied that he was ill. In a bizarre turn of events, he ultimately had to own up to the fact he was dealing with the disease.
We’ll Also See The Happy Days
Val has a pretty extensive acting career that runs deeper than maybe most people know. The documentary is also set to take a look at projects that Kilmer was involved in when he was at Julliard. His time on broadway is also something that viewers can expect to see.
Kilmer has also had the privilege to work with some top actors throughout his career. There are stories about his time with Marlon Brando. Also, the bromance or rivalry that he formed with Tom Cruise will be featured in the story.