It’s a good time for fans of musical documentaries. Netflix recently released a documentary about Nina Simone, and they also have announced a release date for a new documentary about Keith Richards. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck also hit it big for HBO. Well, Frank Zappa will now finally get the documentary that he’s long deserved. Also, it is being directed by Alex Winter, known to most as Bill S. Preston, Esq. from the Bill and Ted movies.
Zappa was a very unusual, idiosyncratic guy, and you don’t need to look further than the names of his children to know that. He made a lot of songs built on silly, juvenile humor, but he was also an extremely meticulous musician who composed orchestral pieces and was diligent at studying jazz. Also, he was a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which is always a point in somebody’s favor. In short, he had an interesting life that would lend itself to a great documentary.
While Winter is still mostly known for acting alongside Keanu Reeves as our nation’s greatest time-traveling teens, he’s done quite a bit of directing, as well, including a couple of documentaries. “There has yet to be a definitive, authorized documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa. I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey,” said Winter. The movie isn’t expected to be out until 2017, so it will be a couple years until we find out if this movie is… excellent, or bogus. Zappa, who died in 1993 due to prostate cancer, obviously can’t be part of the film, but there will surely be plenty of interesting people ready to talk about his interesting life. Here’s hoping Mike Nesmith makes an appearance, perhaps as Frank Zappa.
(Via Consequence of Sound)