“Most people think, as Andy Warhol once said, that after her experience with Velvet Underground and the Factory —and after having had sex with most of the rock stars of those years — Nico simply ‘became a fat junkie’ and disappeared. But is this how her life really went?” asked Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli in a statement announcing her upcoming film on the singer.
A staple at Andy Warhol's famous Factory in the 60s and known as much for her music as for her sexual dalliances and addiction to heroin, the biopic will focus on Nico's most turbulent years.
Looking to shed light on the life of one of pop cultures most seductive figures, Nicchiarelli's script draws directly from interviews with her Nico's son Ari and with Alan Wise, her then-manager and begins in 1987, a year before her death.
"The entire film is constructed following the inspiration of Nico's music: her performances and the lyrics of her songs," the director explained. "It will tell us more than any other dialogue or situation in the film."