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Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello Will Executive Music Produce Metal Lords Comedy From Game of Thrones Writer

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Tom Morello is wading deeper into the movie business.

The Rage Against the Machine guitarist isn’t a total stranger to that part of showbiz, having already lent his singular skills to scores for movies like Pacific Rim and the first two Iron Man flicks.

Now he’s signed on to be the executive music producer for Metal Lords, a high school comedy about “Two kids [who] want to start a heavy metal band in a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal.” One of the teens will be played by Jaeden Martell, who you may recognized from the It movies and Knives Out.

Speaking as someone who went to a high school where exactly one kid cared about heavy metal (i.e., me), I’m jealous that these dudes have each other. Maybe this movie will be therapeutic for me.

ANYWAY, the script was written by D.B. Weiss, one of the two masterminds behind the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones. Morello has a kinda-vague GoT connection, having helped Fender unveil their Thrones line of guitars a few years back.

Weiss and the other GoT bossman, David Benioff, signed a highly-lucrative exclusive deal with Netflix in 2019; this movie will be part of that deal (so it will debut on the streaming service, not in theaters).

It’s being directed by Peter Sollett, who made a name for himself in 2000 with the extraordinary short film Four Feet High and Rising, which he turned into a feature, Raising Victor Vargas, a couple of years later. In 2008, he directed Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, an adaptation of a YA novel about two music-obsessed teenagers who fall in love while seeking out a surprise concert by their mutual favorite band. If memory serves, that movie had one or two vague references to metal, including a Hebrew metal band fronted by Jay Baruchel. That movie was really more about the NYC East Village indie rock scene (Arlene’s Grocery, Piano’s, etc.), and I don’t remember it feeling especially authentic. Still, Sollett is a solid director and his involvement is encouraging.

What was I talking about?

Right: Metal Lords. No word on a release date yet, but according to IMDB, it’s already in post-production, so we can probably expect it before the end of the year.

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