Jimmy Page has revealed that a Led Zeppelin biopic has been discussed. During his recent chat with Uncut, Page gave the prospective project a slight mention -- but kept the discussion light and vague, admitting, "It's been discussed. There are always people trying to make money out of Led Zeppelin. In Siberia and L.A. there's probably a meeting going on right now. . . We'll have to ask Robert Plant if he'll play me. See how he gets on."
Page went on to say that he pretty much has no interest in putting Zeppelin's story up on the big screen in that manner, "I'm too busy with real things to care about things that won't come off. What would I want to do a film for? Listen to the albums. It's all on there."
2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Page's only post-Zeppelin band, the Firm. The group, which featured Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers, released two albums and toured extensively before calling it quits in 1986. Page looked back on his time leading the band: "I don't have any regrets about doing that at all. Paul Rodgers is one of the best singers this country has ever produced, and any musician would want him on a record. But if you're asking me if I'd drifted a bit after the end of Led Zeppelin, then I'm not going to argue with that. I don't want to labor the point, but it was the perfect vehicle for me to express everything I wanted to express and it had gone before its time. You'd be asking a lot to expect lightning to strike twice in the same place like that with a whole different bunch of musicians."
Page went on to explain, "(The Firm) wasn't trying to emulate what I'd done before. We tried something new in terms of a funk sound and, at the time, people came to see us. You can't ask for more. It got me going again when I had been through a period of pretty deep introspection."
In December, Jimmy Page will release his latest book, the high-end photo tome, Jimmy Page: The Anthology. He said that he has a more mainstream literary project in the pipeline, as well: "I will definitely do an autobiography. Every six months brings new things for me to write about or comment about. I have a number of ways I plan to approach it. But I am determined that I'll write it first and then go to a publisher because I don't want to be held to a deadline."
Regarding his first new music since his 1998 joint project with Robert Plant, Walking Into Clarksdale, Page promised, ". . . something next year. But before that, there's a project that will be announced later this year; it's not necessarily musical."
When we last caught up with Jimmy Page, we asked him if there's footage of any Led Zeppelin recording sessions: "No, no there isn't. Because it was a very sort of private world, it was ruthlessly efficient in nits delivery of the music and there was no time for waiting to see whether somebody'd put a magazine in his camera and all of that. I mean, it was like pulling teeth just having a photographer in there on a couple of occasions. They were just interfering with the flow of what the music was about."AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON LED ZEPPELIN NOT FILMING SESSIONS