A Hollywood movie based on the life of late THIN LIZZY frontman PHIL LYNOTT has been shelved - after surviving bandmembers accused filmmakers of sensationalising the star's drug abuse.
Lynott died of heart failure and pneumonia on 4 January, 1986 at the age of 36, after years of alcohol and drug abuse.
A biopic of the Irishman, starring CSI actor Gary Dourdan in the lead role, was set to be shot - but the project has now been halted after Thin Lizzy's remaining members expressed their concerns.
And guitarist Scott Gorham insists the movie's directors will not win their approval until the script is completely rewritten.
He says, "It's an ongoing saga because when we looked at the script, it was full of truths and half-truths and Hollywood's take on Phil's life was all about drugs.
"Of course there were drugs - that's the sensational side of Thin Lizzy - but when the movie absolutely centred on that it became a problem.
"We want to veer people towards the music of Phillo and Thin Lizzy because he was a remarkable songwriter, musician and performer.
"There was a lot more to Phil and the band than just taking drugs. It irritates me that the personal stuff overshadows the musical legacy. You only get one shot at getting a movie right. We won't give it the green light until everyone is happy."
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.