RED HOT CHILI PEPPER MEETS ART HOUSE FILMMAKER
I know we’ve been talking about a movies a lot today; I dunno, it’s a cinemetal kinda day. Maybe ’cause the Oscraps were last night.
ANYWAY, are y’all familiar with the fine work of Mr. John Sayles? He got his started writing Roger Corman b-movies like Piranha (the Jaws rip-off) and Alligator (about a giant alligator eating people in the sewers of NYC) and still makes ends meet by doing re-write work on big budget crap (Bad Boys II, for one – but he also wrote a draft of Jurassic Park IV that was about, I shit you not, genetically modified super dinosaurs that the government uses to combat drug lords). But his true calling is being a director of little, intimate, talky indie movies – Lone Star, Sunshine State, and The Brother from Another Planet, amongst others, are all John Sayles joints.
Why am I telling you all this? Because apparently Sayles is going to write a new HBO series based on the life of Red Hot Chili Pepper front dude Anthony Kiedis.
More specifically, the series will be based on Kiedis’ autobiography, Scar Tissue. I’ve never read it because, well, it’s not The Dirt. But Sayles and Kiedis are said to be getting along famously, and Kiedis apparently had a very dramatic West Hollywood upbrining. Plus: you gotta be curious about what kinda take the maker of Matewan and Eight Men Out is gonna hafta say about the wild world of Hollywood rock n’ roll. Sayles’ only previous dramatic foray into music was 2007’s Honeydripper, which was about the blues and in no way featured a character famous for wearing a cock sock.
I just really, really hope that they include an episode of Keidis’ time as a cast member in Point Break. When he gets shot in the foot? Awe-some.