Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" While You're Waiting For 'Interstellar,' Here's Over 100 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy While You're Waiting For 'Interstellar,' Here's Over 100 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Jack White To Contribute To Soundtrack Of Bobcat Goldthwait's Kinks Musical 'Schoolboys In Disgrace'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com May 12, 2011 at 5:40AM

Update: A representative from William Morris Endeavor has told us that Screen Daily's report was incorrect, and that Jack White is in no way involved with the project. Well, there we go.
3

Update: A representative from William Morris Endeavor has told us that Screen Daily's report was incorrect, and that Jack White is in no way involved with the project. Well, there we go.

Going from a star of the "Police Academy" franchise to acclaimed director of darker-than-dark indie comedies might not be the single strangest career path we've ever come across, but it's up there. But that's the route that Bobcat Goldthwait's taken. The stand-up-turned-actor-turned-prolific-voice-over-artist helmed his first film, "Shakes The Clown," in 1992, and has since mined similarly dark territory with dog-handjob comedy-drama "Sleeping Dogs Lie" and the excellent Robin Williams picture "World's Greatest Dad."

The latter in particular marked a big step up for the director, and ever since he's had a number of ambitious projects circulating, including an "ass-kicking" Western, "Rio Malo" and, more recently, "God Bless America," about a couple driven on a murder-spree by vacuous TV shows like "My Super Sweet 16." By far the most interesting, however, was his mooted plan to turn "Schoolboys in Disgrace," the 1976 album by seminal British band The Kinks, into a movie musical, a project that Goldthwait described as "the genesis story of a supervillain set to music. It's the story of the world's most charming criminal and a realistic high school musical for all the kids who hate sugary, sweet, unrealistic high school musicals."

Word's been quiet on the project for over a year, so we'd assumed it had passed into pipe dream land, but it's now popped its head above water again, in an article from ScreenDaily that suggests that one of the world's biggest rock stars is close to coming on board to help with the soundtrack. The trade reports that British outlet Warp Films, behind the likes of "This Is England" and "Submarine," are teaming with producers Howard Gertler ("Shortbus") and Tim Perell ("Last Chance Harvey") to help finance the film, and that frontman of the late, lamented band The White Stripes, Jack White, is in talks to "help re-record the music."

We assume that this means that White is going to take a T-Bone Burnett-style role and produce the new versions of songs like "The First Time We Fall In Love" and "No Looking Back," rather than singing on them himself, but we wouldn't necessarily count out a cameo, White having made acting appearances in "Cold Mountain" and "Walk Hard." Whatever he ends up doing on the project, it seems that it's got the blessing of Kinks frontman Ray Davies: the music legend is serving as executive producer on the film.

We're extremely glad this one's moving forward -- knowing Goldthwait, it's likely to come in closer to "Tommy" than to "Across The Universe." The biggest question is when it gets going -- it's only a couple of months since the writer-director said that "God Bless America" was his next project, and it seems as though some financing is still being sought, possibly from German companies. But White's presence suggests that there is forward momentum, and we can only hope that continues.

This article is related to: Films, Musicians, Bobcat Goldthwait, Musicals, Jack White, The Kinks, Schoolboys In Disgrace


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates