In a pair of tweets, Jones explained that his family haven't signed off on any biopic and no music has been cleared. Of course, that doesn't mean that the movie won't happen — but rather that it can't feature any of Bowie's original tunes.
Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn't know.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 31, 2019
Im saying that as it stands, this movie won't have any of dads music in it, & I can't imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, thats up to the audience.
Stardust is slated to be directed by Gabriel Range, with a script from Christopher Bell. It will explore Bowie's first trip to America in 1971 — which took place earlier the same year Hunky Dory came out.
Marc Maron will play Bowie's manager, and Jena Malone will be his first wife Angie. It is being produced by Salon Pictures.
In the wake of Jones' comments, though, it seems very much like a Velvet Goldmine sort of situation is emerging here.