The 2001 movie Rock Star, about a tribute band singer who is asked to join the band he has tried to imitate, was very loosely based on Owens' career. For their part, Judas Priest disavowed the movie after they were denied creative control in the screenplay and script, claiming the screen writers failed to tell the story by changing some fundamental facts starting with the fact the their former singer was not thrown out of the band, nor did a replacement come instantly. But since the movie is officially a work of fiction, there was no legal recourse.
In 2006, Owens also reunited with his former Winter's Bane (another side-project) colleague Dennis Hayes in a band called Beyond Fear. The self-titled debut album from his new band was released in May of that year.
When Halford rejoined Judas Priest in 2003, an opening emerged in Iced Earth. In 2007 he would leave Iced Earth to take up residence with Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force less than a year later, a spot he'd occupy until 2012.
In May 2009, Owens released his first solo album, Play My Game. Other supergroup side projects in the form of Charred Walls of the Damned and HAIL!.