It's been almost 14 years since INXS frontman Michael Hutchence's untimely death, but interest in his life has only intensified. Now, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, a documentary and Broadway musical about the singer are in the planning stages and being shepherded by Hutchence's former manger, Martha Troupe.
Beverly Hills-based APA has struck a deal with Troupe who created an entity called "Michael's Trust" which "owns and controls significant assets that celebrate [Hutchence's] life, death and work," according to a statement. The five surviving members of INXS had denied a previous request to use the band's music in a documentary. It's unclear whether they approve of Troupe's projects.
“We've already started talking to producers and directors about a documentary," Troupe told the Herald. "I think we have that figured out. A documentary is going to be made. I will make sure, no matter what, and I hope it is with everybody's blessing.”
Said APA agent Keith Naisbitt: “[Michael] was a rock star in every sense of the word, warts and all. In fact, he was one of the last great rock stars... There isn't enough credit for what an incredible performer he was. With this deal, we'll be looking at all avenues."