The documentary about Ronnie James Dio, “Dio: Dreamers Never Die”, had its premiere screening at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Now, Dio‘s wife and manager, Wendy Dio gave an interview to Lazer 103.3, in which she said the documentary will be available in theaters sometime later this year:
“We did a lot of different film festivals. You go to film festivals to get a buyer for the film. And we have secured a buyer. And it will come out at the end of summer in theaters; it’ll be in theaters the end of summer.”
This is the first documentary about Dio to be fully authorized by his estate. The film’s official description reads: it “delves deep into his incredible rise from ’50s doo-wop crooner to his early classic rock days in Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, to replacing the iconic lead singer Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, to finally cement his legend with DIO. Ronnie‘s biography is completely unique to the tired sex, drugs and rock and roll clichés. The film is about perseverance, dreams and the power to believe in yourself.”
In Wendy Dio’s words, in a previous interview:
“I saw the first cut of it. It was very emotional. It’s very different from [Dio‘s autobiography]. ‘Cause the book finishes in 1986, with Ronnie playing Madison Square Garden. But the documentary goes all the way through his life till the end. And it was very emotional. I was watching it with my publicist and a person from BMG, who are funding the documentary. And we all cried. It was very emotional. But it’s really interesting and really good.
Rob Halford is great in it, talking about stories. Lita Ford [and] Jack Black [are also in it]. Eddie Trunk and Mick Wall [author of Dio‘s autobiography] both kind of narrated it and everything.”