Rock ‘n’ roll’s seminal girl group is coming to the big screen. The behind-the-music story of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that was the Runaways is being turned into a new movie, titled
The band, which started as a marketing ploy, went on to become one of the founding mothers of female rock. Brought together by producer Kim Fowley, the Runaways’ name was supposed to evoke “jailbait on the run.” Its teenage members were fledgling musicians when the band was founded in 1975. Despite their teenage temptress marketing, band members forged their own sound and cemented their reputations as talented rockers in their own right.
As Joan told Daily Variety this week:
The band broke up in 1979 and members Joan and Lita Ford went on to successful solo careers. Sandy passed away from cancer in October 2006.
It’s interesting that the story makes no mention of former members like Lita and the other revolving cast of characters who came and went from the lineup. But, since I’m a sucker for tough girls with guitars, I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out. Now, the big question is who should play the young Runaways? Suggestions? Oh, the possibilities …