According to Paparazzi Daily, radio personality/comedian Jeff Dandurand will portray Jani Lane in an upcoming biopic about the late Warrant singer’s life. “Cherry Pie Guy” will begin with Jani arriving in Hollywood in the Spring of ’85 and struggling before becoming the lead singer of Warrant. Warrant would go on to become the biggest draw on the Sunset Strip breaking Van Halen’s attendance record at rock club Gazzari’s. Signed to CBS/Columbia in late 1988, Warrant sold millions of records with hits like “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie.”
Dandurand will portray Jani and also direct the film. “I want people to know how serious Lane was as a songwriter and also see how out of control he got when he used alcohol and drugs”, says Dandurand, who added that no film has ever been made that treats the late 80’s and 90’s with respect. “Artists like Lane were treated like scum and paid a terrible price for their fame,” Jeff said. “‘Cherry Pie Guy’ will astonish those who can’t see beyond cliché hair-metal nostalgia and open their eyes to an amazing songwriter and frontman.” Regardless of budget, ‘Cherry Pie Guy’s story will be akin in quality to that of ‘Goodfella’s’ or ‘Walk The Line.’ “Artists like Lane were treated like scum and paid a terrible price for their fame. ‘Cherry Pie Guy’ will astonish those who can’t see beyond cliche hair metal nostalgia and open their eyes to an amazing songwriter and front-man.” Look for ‘Cherry Pie Guy’ sometime in 2013.
On August 11, 2011, Lane was found dead of “acute alcohol poisoning” at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California. He was 47 years old.