Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In April, we broke the news that Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich) was casting a secret film project in Austin Texas. At the time, we didn’t know much about the project other than it was supposedly a short film that tells a story which involves “friends growing apart” and that it was a collaboration with the band Arcade Fire. You might recall that Spike used Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” from their 2004 album Funeral, in the trailer for Where The Wild Things Are.
Now we have finally learned new information about this upcoming short film production — it is a b-movie science fiction story. Yeah, you read that right…
Pitchfork got a chance to talk with Arcade Fire lead Win Butler, who spilled a few more details about the project:
“It’s not a video. It’s a short film; we’re still working on it. It’s like a science-fiction B-movie companion piece for the record. 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.”
When asked how long the short film would run, Win responded that he had no idea.