Parkersburg native plans Bon Scott film

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Parkersburg native Rob Liotti is the screenwriter and lead actor for the planned movie “Bon Scott – The Legend of AC/DC.”

The movie, in preproduction, will chronicle the musical career of Australian rock ‘n’ roll icon Bon Scott, who died in 1980 at the age of 33, and the band AC/DC, Liotti said. Scott was the lead singer for the hard rock band.

Liotti, who lives in Charleston, S.C., and is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School, has performed as Scott in the AC/DC tribute band TNT since 2004. TNT has played to large crowds in Myrtle Beach, Charleston and other cities.

Liotti played in the Parkersburg rock band High Voltage before moving to Charleston, S.C., in 1989. He said he has worked as a writer and in the automobile business while living in South Carolina.

Liotti said his singing voice is similar to Scott’s voice.

He has gone on a strict diet and exercise regime to reach Scott’s performing weight. Scott was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds, while Liotti said he weighed 180 pounds at 6 feet 2 inches tall before losing 40 pounds.

It has been difficult at times for Liotti, of Italian descent, to give up pizza and pasta the past year to portray Scott, he said.

Liotti said he has met with potential film investors and is looking for an executive producer. J.R. Getches will direct the movie, Liotti said. High Voltage Productions Pty. is associated with the film project.

He is confident the docu-drama, or “rockumentary,” will be released in 2014 or 2015.

“We shot our first dramatic footage in January in Charleston,” said Liotti, the son of Charles and Mary Liotti of Lubeck. The movie is “on its way.”

Liotti has done interviews with an Australian television station and Burst Magazine ( March issue).

He has been in contact with people who have been associated with AC/DC, which formed in 1973. The film will be based upon true events, Liotti said.

A driving force for Liotti in making the film is his goddaughter, 12-year-old Giovanna Fusco, he said.

“In my heart I am doing this for her,” Liotti said. “I want a legacy she can be proud of.”