The team behind recent documentaries on Rush, Alice Cooper and the history of heavy metal is gearing up to make new films on the careers of Soundgarden and Black Sabbath. Blabbermouth reports that Banger Films duo Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn are working on the Soundgarden film with Canadian indie director Reg Harkema, who previously collaborated with them on Super Duper Alice Cooper.
- Harkema said that his film will focus to some degree on the notion of Soundgarden “having these punk rock ideals and then dealing with becoming ‘metal rock stars.'”
- Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell told us that he thinks his band was key in making alternative music commercially successful:
- “We were, I think the first band that was on 120 Minutes and Headbangers Ball at the same time, and that was this moment where you could look at that and think, ‘Well, what does this mean? It means something, but we don’t know what that is yet.’ What it meant was commercial rock was gonna change a lot, and it was gonna include what was already included in college, alternative, indie music. Indie music was suddenly going to become the mainstream.”
- The director said that filming for the Soundgarden documentary is likely to begin this summer during the band’s co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails.
- The film will cover the band’s entire career, from their early days in the Seattle club scene through their breakup in the late ’90s and their reunion in 2010.
- Meanwhile, Banger Films has also been commissioned to make a full-length documentary on Black Sabbath.
- Three of the legendary heavy metal act’s four original members reunited in 2012 to make 13, their first album together in 35 years and the first Sabbath record to ever hit Number One on the Billboard album chart.
- Banger Films’ other documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006’s Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and 2008’s Global Metal, 2010’s Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and 2009’s Iron Maiden: Flight 666, as well as the TV documentary miniseries Metal Evolution.