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.


HOLLYWOOD – The long-gestating project Coldplay: the Motion Picture has finally got a script, a synopsis and promises to be more than ‘your average concert film’, promised band leader Chris Martin as he promoted the release of the band’s fourth album Ghost Stories (Atlantic).

Ex-Mr. Paltrow said:

It was really important we didn’t just do a documentary and have I don’t know Morgan Spurlock following us around for a couple of months. And we also thought if we were just to do a concert film than people would kind of doze off, because our music is kind of soothing. You know. 

Director Abel Ferrara said he was very excited by the prospect of working with the UK based band.

We’ve got a script that Jim Rash has penned for us. It’s brilliant. He’s actually based it on Head, the film Jack Nicholson directed for The Monkees. It’s psychedelic and bizarre. The guys are really funny to begin with Chris and … the other guys in the band. But it goes very dark towards the end when the lead character, Chris, plots to murder his beautiful vegan wife Gwendoline. 

Wow. That sounds really…

Oh, it’s dark all right. I’ve been re-watching Driller Killer to prepare for this film and anyone who think is the film is going to be as anodyne as Coldplay’s music aren’t taking into account the ravaging effects of a painful ahem… uncoupling.

Coldplay: the Motion Picture will be released in 2015.