‘Bill & Ted’ star Alex Winter to make authorised documentary about Frank Zappa

Winter is writing and directing the documentary in association with the Zappa Family Trust

Bill & Ted star Alex Winter is to write and direct a new feature-length documentary about Frank Zappa.

Winter, who has previously directed feature-length documentaries about illegal file-sharing and the online black market, is making the film with the co-operation of the Zappa Family Trust and will have access to unseen audio and visual recordings by the cult musician, as well as to previously released videos, interviews and concert footage. He is aiming for a 2017 release.

“There has yet to be a definitive, authorised documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa,” Winter said in a statement to Variety. “I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.”

Ahmet Zappa, the late singer-songwriter’s son, added: “This is not an easy story to tell and we trust that Alex truly understands the complex and multi-faceted man that my father was.”

Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer in December 1993, aged 52. In April it was announced that his “final album”, believed to have been the 100th album he recorded, would be released this year. Titled ‘Dance Me This’, the album eventually came out in June.

Meanwhile, earlier this year Winter revealed that a third Bill & Ted film is “really close” to happening. He also said that he and co-star Keanu Reeves are playing an “active role” in trying to get the sequel made.