Mr. Jackpots wrote:
Mr. Reindeer wrote:The Netflix thing could also have been an informal meeting where they were trying to pitch him the idea of developing something for their model. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything is formally underway. However, I have my fingers crossed that it’s Ronnie Rocket (especially since Netflix just did the improbable and finally got Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind edited and released).
I don't know if Ronnie Rocket will ever get made. The screenplay has been easy enough for anyone to find. So the mystery and secrecy that surround Lynch productions would not be there.
I believe MJA was always the front runner to play Ronnie Rocket. So who would play the part now? Maybe some kind of special effect, like the Eraserhead baby meets the Evolution of the Arm.
There are two versions of the script available online, both dating to the 1980s and both with definite overlap but also massive differences from one another. He might have done anything with further drafts of the story in the three decades since the available versions (especially since he has continually said there is something wrong with the script that he hopes to one day figure out). There’s plenty of room for new mystery, not to mention the fact that Lynch’s movies are far more driven by mood than plot — the onscreen version of Eraserhead, for instance, could never come close to being embodied in a script. Everything Lynch has said indicates to me that he wants to physically spend time in the world of Ronnie Rocket before his time on this planet is up.
MJA was actually the second choice to play Ronnie, after Dexter Fletcher (Bytes’s Boy in The Elephant Man, and more recently the director who finished Bohemian Rhapsody when Bryan Singer went AWOL) outgrew the part. I’m sure Lynch could comfortably find a way to recast or reconceive the role, if that’s where his muse takes him.