New Documentary Humanizes The Doors Frontman Jim Morrison

by Nick Venable

Over the years, a lot of people aged 14-24 have considered Jim Morrison to be a rock god, and it’s usually a phase that people grow out of, realizing that Morrison’s larger-than-life persona far outweighed and was indeed a hindrance to his musical output.

Perhaps he would have also outgrown his own notoriety had an early death at 27 not occurred, essentially cementing his legacy. A new documentary looks to dilute the effect the semi-biographical fever dream that was Oliver Stone’s The Doors has on people previously unfamiliar with Morrison and/or Stone.

Deadline reports Z-Machine Productions has started production on Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age, which will keep its focus on Morrison’s life before the Doors, grounding him as a creative young man instead of a rock star. The company’s previous feature, Strange Septembers: The Hill Abduction & The Exeter Encounter concerned itself with the two most credible UFO encounters in U.S. history, but we won’t let that cloud our judgment.

To achieve the narrative depth that an undertaking like this calls for, the filmmakers conducted interviews with Morrison’s family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before.


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