Netflix nears closure of deal to produce Kiss Biopic

Joachim Ronning directs the tale of the glam metal act

Netflix is reportedly nearing the close of a deal that will see the streaming giant produce Shout It Out Loud, a biopic about glam-rock band KISS.

According to Deadline, the deal is in the closing stages following a bidding war by various companies.

The film itself is set to be produced in close collaboration with KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. It will be driven by stories of the pair’s formative years, growing up in the New York borough of Queens, and how their unlikely friendship lead to the formation of KISS, alongside guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Alongside the band’s formation, there will also be a focus on “the band’s concert-arena anthems.”

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Deadline also reports that Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Rønning (Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is set to direct, with a script written by Ole Sanders (Halftime Hero).

The news comes off the back of a busy time for rock biopics. Alongside the recently released David Bowie and Elton John Biopics Stardust and Rocketman respectively, a large number are confirmed to be in production or pre-production. There are two discrete films about BB King being made, one about Motörhead frontman Lemmy, a controversial film about Chris Cornell that is reportedly not approved by his estate, a biopic about Heart being written by Sleater-Kinney’s Carry Brownstein and a film about Buddy Holly and his musical contemporaries.

KISS’ Gene Simmons has garnered controversy and comment for his statement that “rock is dead”, which he has recently reiterated several times. Most recently, he was quizzed by Consequence Of Sound as to why he has decided to release a line of bass guitars if, as he states, rock is dead. He responded by clarifying how he meant his statement relatively: “If we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, and on and on and on,” Simmons said.

“And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is Metallica, Maiden, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, Bowie, Eagles. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new Beatles?”

Simmons then asserted that boy bands such as NSYNC, who disbanded in 2002, and One Direction, who went on indefinite hiatus in 2016, would “go away… as soon as those girls [the bands’ fans] grow a little bit older.”

“There’s just nothing that compares to The Beatles,” he added.

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