Recently, we discussed the Beatles’ apparently fairly serious attempt at getting a Lord of the Rings adaptation starring themselves off the ground. That never happened (for better or worse …or maybe both?) but plenty of rock bands have found themselves fronting a major feature and now the Foo Fighters join these ranks. The band has completed work on a horror comedy they filmed in secret called Studio 666, which will release early next year.
According to the official synopsis, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee — men feared by Foo the world over — will “move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock’n’roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album [Medicine at Midnight],” according to the synopsis. But… “Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band.”
In addition to the band, the movie also features Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin, all of whom are capable of securing laughs. Grohl himself has proved to have a pretty solid sense of comedic timing in his own appearances on shows like Saturday Night Live.
Grohl apparently came up with the idea for the story, which was directed by BJ McDonnell, who’s served as camera operator on movies like James Wan’s Malignant and Top Gun: Maverick. The director called the movie “a perfect combination of all things I love. Rock, horror, and comedy all tied together in a very thrilling motion picture. I am so excited to have teamed up with the Foo Fighters to create an old school band movie. It’s been years since we’ve seen something like The Beatles Help!, The Monkees’ Head, or KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
“Take that ’60s / ’70s old school band film fun, mix it with horror and STUDIO 666 is born!” he continued. “I am so ecstatic for audiences of film and music to come together and enjoy our film.”