Johnny Marr reveals he’s writing a film

The indie rock icon also reveals 'I'm not using a ghostwriter' for autobiography

Johnny Marr has revealed that he is currently working on a screenplay as well as his forthcoming autobiography.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, via DIY Mag, The ex-Smiths guitarist has previously confirmed that he was writing a memoir, due in 2016, but has now also stated that he has “an idea for a screenplay”.

Marr added that “I’m doing a movie”, but refused to give any other details.


Marr also discussed the autobiography, which will cover his entire career, from forming The Smiths in 1982 alongside Morrissey to his work with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, The The and Electronic plus his solo work. He explained he’d “done a few chapters, probably a third of it” so far.

He continued: “I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a lot of work – you’ve got to mind out you don’t freeze and lose your own voice. I wanted it to be my own voice. So I’m writing it, I’m not using a ghostwriter or a journalist or anything like that. I’m just relying on a really good memory.”

“I want for people who like what I do, for the life story to match up with the music,” he added. “I want it to be really authentic. My life story’s been really unusual. Coming from a working class family to staying up late with Keith Richards… How the hell did that happen?”

The currently untitled book will be published by Century in both hardback and e-book formats. It follows the release of Smiths frontman Morrissey’s biography in 2013. Speaking about the book earlier this year, Marr said: “For the past few years as I’ve been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I’ll write my book. I’m very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story.”

Century publishing director Ben Dunn promises a book that Marr followers have craved. He said: “It’s the book Smiths fans have been waiting their whole lives and the early material that Johnny has written is utterly breathtaking. I’m delighted that Johnny has chosen Century to be his publisher.”

A paperback version of the book will be released the year after the hardback (2017).


Johnny Marr released his second solo album, ‘Playland’, last year. Speaking to NME at the time, Marr described how the album addressed the “tension, boredom and anxiety” in society and how it affects people.