Julien Temple has made a career out of directing music videos, including icons like Van Halen, Whitney Houston and David Bowie. Aside from these, Temple hasn't really broken into the mainstream, preferring to focus his film work on top-notch music documentaries like "The Filth and the Fury" and "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten," and looks to continue in that vein, as THR reports that he's prepping a series of music documentaries focused on various cities around the world. He plans to shoot "Children of the Revolution" in September and October of this year about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then move to "This Is London" in London, of course. A film about Tijuana, Mexico, is also on the slate.
This news is another announcement out of Cannes, as Ealing Metro International is selling the projects there. Independent production company Film & Music Entertainment in the U.K. is set to produce the first film in conjunction with B&W Films. This deal has come out of the City to City Film Agreement announced on Monday between Rio Filme - the Rio Film Commission and Film London.
"Children of the Revolution" will take a look at the first Rock in Rio Festival that took place in 1985 and how the country journeyed from a militant dictatorship to one of the best-functioning democracies today. The title comes from Temple's look at the multiple revolutions -- cultural, technological, social, political and musical -- that made the city what it is today. 'London' is commissioned by the BBC to coincide with and celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, focusing on the 'new London that has apparently come about in the past few years; it will also be produced by Temple and Rosa Bosch.
“Since visiting Rio with The Sex Pistols for "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle" in the late 1970s, I’ve always wanted to make a film about the city and now as it finally prepares to take its rightful place on the world stage that time has come,” Temple said. “At a time when the world will be focusing on London for the Olympic Games, the chance to make a film about the London I knew and the new city that has taken its place is an exciting and challenging prospect for any filmmaker." The project will presumably delay "Sexual Healing," the Marvin Gaye biopic that it was announced Temple would helm back in February.
How the stories will fit together is unclear, and past Tijuana, Temple hasn't announced any of his other planned cities. Which city would you like to see in the series?