Ronnie James Dio documentary to be released in 2022
A documentary on the life of the late heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio is slated for release in 2022, nearly two years after the film was first revealed.
Co-directed by Demian Fenton and Don Argott, who have worked together on several films including Rock school in 2005, the currently untitled film features interviews with Geezer Butler, member of Dio’s Black Sabbath group, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Jack Black, Lita Ford, and many more.
“[It] goes throughout his life until the end ”, said the widow of his Dio Wendy who watched the film, which she described as “very touching”, in a recent interview. “I was watching it with my publicist and someone from BMG, which is funding the documentary,” she added, “and we all cried.”
The documentary will feature never-before-seen archive footage and photos from Dio’s personal archive and will include intimate scenes with some of the artist’s closest peers, friends and family.
“Ronnie loved his fans,” Wendy Dio said in a previous statement, “and I hope they enjoy this journey through Ronnie’s life.”
Parts of Dio’s unfinished autobiography, Rainbow in the dark, named after his 1983 success with his band Dio, will also be featured in the film. Dio was working on the book with rock biographer Mick Wall before his death on May 16, 2010 from stomach cancer. It was then completed by the Dio family estate with Wall and released in 2021.
“Her voice is always with us, as it always will be, and the power and honesty it contains will always give me a thrill and a thrill.” Halford said in an interview around the 10th anniversary of Dio’s death in 2020. Halford called Dio a mentor who has always given himself 100 percent on stage, in songwriting, production and recording.
“As a fellow singer, his autonomous voice means everything, possessing such uniqueness with instant recognition – 10 years or 100 years, it doesn’t really matter,” added Halford. “Ronnie and everything we love about him is forever.”
Photos: PG Brunelli / Courtesy of BMG