Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison to produce film based around 'Rome' disc
Good news Danger Mouse fans: The eclectic producer’s soundtrack concept album “Rome” will be turned into an actual movie.
Pic’s story will be based on Alden Bell’s novel “The Reapers Are the Angels” and incorporate “Rome” as an underpinning for the tale, which centers on a girl born into a post-apocalyptic world who must survive by her wits while finding moments of simple joy.
Musicvid helmer Chris Milk will direct the project, which producers say will tap multiple media platforms as part of an interactive narrative. Milk previously fostered such transmedia creations as 2010’s Arcade Fire musicvideo, which allowed viewers to input their Google Earth address to customize the video.
“Chris Milk is perhaps the most innovative creative voice working in any art form today, and the ‘Rome’ project criss-crosses at least a dozen of them, including music, animation, live performance, film, web, literature, musicvideos, and graphic novels,” Bregman and Ellison said in a statement.
Danger Mouse and producer Daniele Luppi conceived “Rome” as a sort of soundtrack to a film that didn’t exist, and was inspired by the scores to classic spaghetti Westerns. It includes performances by Ennio Morricone’s original 40-piece orchestra, an eight-person choir and contributions by Jack White and Norah Jones.
UTA and Hannigan Salky Getzler negotiated the book option while Loeb & Loeb reps Likely Story. Ziffren Brittenham represents Annapurna Pictures and WME reps Milk and Danger Mouse. Milk is also repped by Anonymous Content while Monotone also reps Danger Mouse.