It’s not a biopic, but Shoplifters Of The World is definitely a Smiths film.
Joe Manganiello (best known for Magic Mike and True Blood) has announced his next project is a film centered around the Smiths and he’s received Morrissey’s blessing to move forward and use the band’s catalog in the soundtrack, Showbiz411 reports.
Part of why Morrissey has approved of the film (and not others) is because Shoplifters Of The World is not a biopic. The film stars Manganiello as a radio DJ named Mickey and centers around a 1987 incident where a Smiths fan held a Denver radio station at gun point in response to the band’s breakup. The story involves the fan forcing the station to play only Smiths songs on repeat, making soundtrack (and Morrissey’s permission) essential to the film.
It worked out due to screenwriter Stephen Kijak’s previous relationship with Morrissey, a connection that Manganiello told Collider helped them strike a deal over song usage.
“Morrissey agreed to give us the catalogue for a nice, affordable fee. Well, it’s not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination, but we have Morrissey’s blessing to move forward with a the Smiths project,” he said. Manganiello, a big fan of the Smiths, is excited to move forward.
“It’s just really great to be afforded the opportunity to go out and tell stories that I’m really excited and passionate about, like that one,” he added.
Revisit the Smiths song the film is named after below.