CATEGORIES Independent, Music & Musicals, Fandom, DIY/Filmmaking, Features, Indie Spotlight, Movie News, CinematicalLast week we told you about an upcoming live webcast of the band Arcade Fire's performance in Madison Square Garden that will be directed by Terry Gilliam. Never ones to rest on their creative laurels, the uber-hip Canadian band is also working with Spike Jonze on a short sci-fi film. Since this news broke last April, few details have emerged until now. Luckily, Pitchfork just posted an interview with lead vocalist Win Butler aboot their cinematic collab with the equally cool Jonze on their "science-fiction B-movie companion piece."
Butler told Pitchfork, "Basically, we played Spike some music from the album and the first images that came to his mind had the same feeling as this idea for a science fiction film I had when I was younger. My brother and I and Spike wrote it together, which was really fun -- it was like total amateur hour."
"We shot it in Austin and a lot of kids are in the film, and it was great just hanging out with these 15-year-olds for a week and writing down all the funny things they said. It was cool to revert to being a 15-year-old for a little while."
Jonze, of course, is a writer, director, and producer known for his work in music videos and advertising to feature-length films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Where the Wild Things Are. It's safe to assume that the former skater dude who has directed the likes of Sonic Youth, The Breeders, X, Björk, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will create something super cool for fans of Arcade Fire.
Who will Jonze draw inspiration from when it comes to old-school sci-fi? Forbidden Planet, War of the Worlds, Invaders from Mars, or something altogether different? I'm thinking teenage skaters from another planet. How about you?
In the meantime, you can check out Jonze's adorable robot love story, I'm Here from Sundance here.