If you were pumped about the release of the forthcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, about the Andy Warhol-protegé’s ’60s-It Girl days and later drug abuse and suicide, you’re part of a group that doesn’t include Bobby D or Lou Reed — and you may not want to buy advance tix just yet. Page Six reports:
BOB Dylan wants to send “Factory Girl” to the glue factory – charging the upcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic falsely suggests he was responsible for the Andy Warhol ingenue’s suicide.
The famed folkie’s pit bull lawyers have fired off a letter to producers Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma, and screenwriter Aaron Richard Golub, demanding the flick not be released – or even screened – until they see it to determine if Dylan, who they say has “deep concerns,” has been defamed.
Sienna Miller is playing Sedgwick, with Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol. You won’t find a Bob Dylan character in the film per se, even though he grew close to Edie during their shared time at the Chelsea Hotel. Instead you’ll see a character loosely-based on him named Billy Quinn (played by Hayden Christensen), primarily ’cause the film has the two romantically involved, which Dylan has always denied. Pop legend — and the film — has the two hooking up, Dylan leading Edie on but secretly marrying Sara Lowndes, and Edie going into a drug-and-depression induced tailspin thereafter, leading to her suicide at 28.
Although the Quinn character is supposedly a composite of Dylan, Jagger, and Jim Morrison, Bob’s lawyers say that the filmmakers are mistaken in thinking that “merely changing the name of a character or making him a purported fictional composite will immunize [them] from suit.” Page Six says trailers show the Quinn character in harmonica brace and cap, so we say “case closed!”
Meanwhile the film has had four reshoots, has changed directors midstream, and has a girl famous for being cheated on by Jude Law as the lead actress. Promising, right? And to play the band that soundtracked those NYC days, Velvet Underground, the filmmakers have cast Weezer! When asked about the film, Lou Reed (played by Brian Bell) told the NY Daily News
I read that script. It’s one of the most disgusting, foul things I’ve seen – by any illiterate retard – in a long time. There’s no limit to how low some people will go to write something to make money.
Factory Girl is hoping to come out 12/29. Don’t hold your breath! Sadly, with Lou and Dylan getting so worked up, we sorta have to see it. (We’ll just say it’s to make fun of Sienna.)