Edgar Wright‘s first documentary has found a home.
The filmmaker, whose previous feature directing credits include the Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Baby Driver, debuted his first documentary, The Sparks Brothers, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And now Focus Features, the indie label which has worked with Wright on multiple projects already, has acquired the rights to the movie, which shines a spotlight on the eccentric and creative band known as Sparks.
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Edgar Wright‘s return to narrative features, Last Night in Soho, is set to arrive later this year. But that’s not the only thing the Baby Driver filmmaker has up his sleeve. He also has The Sparks Brothers, a documentary about the pop-rock band Sparks. Wright’s doc has a cavalcade of famous faces turning up to sing the band’s praises, and in a snappy, fast-paced clip you can watch below, Wright’s interview subjects can’t stop talking about how unique Sparks were when they burst onto the scene in the late 1970s.
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Despite having a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, there’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Sparks. However, the pop rock duo comprised of Ron and Russell Mael and an ever-changing band behind them have undoubtedly influenced many of the synth-pop, new wave, post-punk, and alternative musicians you’ve loved over the years. Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, and even “Weird Al” Yankovic have all been touched by Sparks, and in the enlightening, woderfully playful documentary The Sparks Brothers, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) wants to make sure you are too. Read More »