If anything, the last few years have taught American box offices that we really, really love music biopics and music documentaries. We’ve seen everything from the grunge of Nirvana’s Montage of Heck to the tear-filled folk of Elliott Smith’s Heaven Adores You all the way to a star-studded Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys’ Love and Mercy. Now another music legend will be added to that list: The Kinks.
The iconic British rock group will be the focus of a new biopic titled You Really Got Me, which will be directed by Julien Temple. The film will focus on the infamous relationship between the band’s brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Singer-songwriter/actor Johnny Flynn (Song One) and George MacKay (Pride) will play the Davies respectively, and Juno Temple, the director’s daughter, will play Ray Davis’ former wife, Rasa, who also contributed lyrics and vocals to the band on occasion.
“This is an exciting chance to tell the Kinks’ story in a visceral and real way,” Temple said to Screen Daily. “The lyrics of The Kinks have always been fascinating to me and there is an amazing human story here as well which has yet to be captured on film.”
Temple is best known for directing his Sex Pistols film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle and the rockumentary Glastonbury, that outlined the history of the massive UK festival.
Producer Jeremy Thomas, who worked on 1988’s Oscar-winning film The Last Emperor, says You Really Got Me has been a “long-time passion project” of his. He secured the rights to both brothers’ autobiographies and roped Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais in to write the script. Later this year, they will begin shooting.
Last year, The Kinks celebrated their 50th anniversary by releasing The Essential Kinks, a career-spanning anthology beautifully boxed up (along with liner notes from David Bowie!). Now it looks like they’re ready to extend their legend beyond audio and into film. Stay tuned to the Nerdist for more details as they roll out! In the meantime, go ahead and listen to The Village Green Preservation Society.
[HT: Consequence of Sound]