TROUBLE CITY

PAGING KEITH RICHARDS

Movie NewsMicah RobinsonComment

http://chud.com/nextraimages/yungheart.jpgLate last year, England’s Channel Four broadcast a documentary called Young@Heart (I know, I know…At least it hasn't become Yung@Heart in an attempt to capitalize on the Yung Joc/Yung Won rap nomenclature craze) about a group of senior citizens that regularly convene in order to rock out on cover versions of songs from the likes of The Clash, Radiohead, Outkast, The Strokes, and Sonic Youth, alternating between serious re-interpretation (“Fake Plastic Trees”) and campy loopiness (Guess which Outkast song they perform?). It was something of a sensation, and part of what’s been fueling the rage is that the group, The Young@Heart Chorus, is a (barely) living, touring entity with ever-changing lineups that has been functioning since 1982. Even if you don’t dig the music, it’s a rather adorable spectacle, and if I have to choose between this and rapping grandmothers, then bring on the Chorus.

Working Title Films, the hot banner behind Hot Fuzz and the successful Mr. Bean movies, took notice and decided to amp up the phenomenon even further by optioning the documentary into a feature film. There’s no word on writers, directors, or casting yet, but the sheer cutesy-ness seems to make this a can’t miss concept. It kind of bums me out that they’re forsaking the original documentary and the real people in order to do an even fluffier version of the story, but just compare the grosses of School of Rock and the documentary Rock School, and that pretty much settles that. But as long as you’re faking it, why not have some fun with the concept? I wanna see a Battle of the Bands between the ensemble of the decrepit and perhaps…..oh….The Arcade Fire? Perhaps one of the leaders can fall into rehab where he meets up with Pete Doherty and they snort up half the northern border of Bolivia? A press feud and fistfight with the Gallagher brothers? They’d be fools to ignore these important modern rock rites of passage.

The good news is that the film is being produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, a dynamic duo who’ve had their hands on an eclectic mix of films from the aforementioned Fuzz to Smokin’ Aces to United 93.