Foo Fighters Cross Over To Film Debut
Foo Fighters Set To Star In Horror-Comedy Film Studio 666.
A recent press release confirms, probably to everyone's surprise, that Foo Fighters will be starring in a new horror-comedy film scheduled for release in late February. Foo Fighters confirmed this on their Twitter feed on November 8.
The full band - members Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee - will be starring in the new film Studio 666. In addition to the band, other contributing actors include Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Jenna Ortega, Jeff Garlin, and Will Forte.
The band apparently has already shot the film. The story was contributed by Grohl, though the script is by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. The director is BJ McDonnell. Open Road Films acquired worldwide rights. Distribution will begin with the US release on February 25.
The movie revolves around the band moving into an Encino, California mansion. The house is "steeped in grisly rock and roll history," according to the press release as quoted by NME.
They arrive to record a new album - but then become ensnared by "supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band."
In an interview with Deadline, Grohl is quoted as saying, "After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level." He continues to explain, “Like most things Foo, STUDIO 666 began with a far-fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible. Filmed at the same house where we recorded our latest album Medicine at Midnight — told you that place was haunted! — we wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that fucking rocks."
It's been a long time since we've seen a good "band movie." Not a documentary, of course - those are everywhere. I mean the classic "band makes up a story that really has nothing to do with the band - because it's entertaining and they're entertainers."
It's interesting that the genre seems to have fallen out of favor lately because the movies they produce tend to become something of cult classics. Real artists have shone in movies for years to showcase their secret acting skills. Think Detroit Rock City or the number of films the Beatles took part in.
Even movies where actors play members of fictional bands like That Thing You Do! or This Is Spinal Tap has proven pretty successful. And I don't even know what to classify the movies that defied all the boundaries like Blues Brothers. It created a force that was so irrepressible it ended up as a real band, inspired by the movie about a fake band, inspired by a kind-of-real musical skit on Saturday Night Live.
Time will tell whether Grohl and company cement their legacy in the same fashion. But considering they have 10 singles that charted #1 in the US alone, I'd say the soundtrack should be secure.
Now they just need to bring even a moderate amount of humor to the screen. Fans of the genre don't ask for much, and even the most ridiculous things can pass in this kind of self-aware, not-too-serious tribute. We've seen in past music videos that the group can be entertaining for a few minutes at a time - now let's see if they can make it last for a few hours.
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Jamie Dixon is a contributing writer here at The Pyrrhic. She's a content writer by profession, but this is more fun. She's also working on her first novel in her spare time.
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