HOLLYWOOD – Boy band of the moment One Direction are to star in a remake of The Monkees’ film Head.
One Direction (Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles,
Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson) will star in the film which will also feature their greatest hits along with covers from the original Monkees soundtrack and will be directed by Morgan Spurlock, who previously directed their documentary This is Us. The original 1968 film was written by Jack Nicholson and starred Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones as the eponymous group in what was seen as a psychedelic deconstruction of their own Beatles wannabe fame.
Morgan Spurlock explained when he visited the Studio Exec bungalow earlier today:
The Monkees’ Head is one of the most subversive music films ever made. At the height of their fame the Monkees not only bit the hand that fed them, they tore it off at the shoulder. The lads and I talked about doing a film again because we enjoyed the first one so much but we all agreed we didn’t want to do another documentary or concert movie and so this film came up in our discussions and we decided it would be a perfect fit.
One Direction’s Head will be released in 2016.