For two years, Netflix has been in a bidding war for a new KISS biopic. And it looks like they finally sealed the deal.
This is according to band manager Doc McGhee. In an interview, McGhee said the film is in the works and headed to Netflix next year. Itt is rumored that the movie will focus on the early days of KISS members, loudwire.com reported.
The new biopic will highlight KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
The film is expected to be a dramatic reenactment of the band’s history. And it will focus on bassist/singer Gene Simmons and guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. The biopic will be called Shout It Out Loud after KISS‘ 1976 hit of the same name. The storyline will follow the band’s climb to success. Specifically highlighting the years before they got famous.
What the production group hopes for the new film.
When Deadline mentioned the biopic in 2021, they set their sights very high. Saying the film “aspires to do for the iconic hard rock band KISS what Bohemian Rhapsody did for Queen.” Time will tell if it will reach that goal. But Paul Stanley seems optimistic. He put his stamp of approval on the script as well as the project’s director.
The new film’s director has some other known movies on his resume.
Joachim Rønning’s previous works include Malificent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The Norwegian film director will head the team for the upcoming biopic. Who he will cast in the roles of young Simmons and Stanley has not been said.
It seems they can go one of two ways with the casting. They could use known actors, like when Kristen Stewart played Joan Jett. Or less familiar faces. Like Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury. Either way, we are excited about the new film.
There is no official release date yet, but the biopic is expected to be coming out sometime in 2024.
– Wendy Rush
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Going Separate Ways?! It's Not Looking Good For Journey
It’s a timeless narrative. When relationships hang on longer than they should. The friends can tell it’s over. The family knows it’s just a matter of time. But the couple just keeps hanging on thinking they can fix things. Or maybe they’re just used to the dysfunction. In any case, the two remaining Escape-era members of Journey might officially be on their last leg.
Things were decent between Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain for many years. Schon is a founding member of Journey. And Cain joined the legendary band in the early 80’s. They’ve been doing what they do for a long time. And things were good for most of the 36 years they’ve played together.
Many people say that things started to go south in 2015, when Cain married televangelist Paula White. In 2017, White became a spiritual advisor to the Trump administration. This put White and Cain in the political spotlight. Which was very much against where Schon believed the Journey band should be.
Schon has always been outspoken about remaining politically neutral as a band. He believes leaning on either side of the political spectrum polarizes the fan base. Business-wise, a smart move. But Cain went against Schon‘s wishes when he performed a private set of music, including Journey songs, at Mar-a-Lago during Trump‘s presidency.
Schon sent Cain a cease-and-desist letter to force him to stop using Journey‘s music in a political arena. And since the two have been in court, there’s been a lot of tension in the band. According to vulture.com, Schon hired a bodyguard on one of Journey‘s tours while he himself had an employee snoop around Cain‘s dressing room.
Now, Cain has his own bodyguard. And this is how they’re touring. Two off-duty cops guarding their dressing rooms. Tension that I’m sure is thicker than a pair of leather pants. The question is, how much longer can they do this?
Journey‘s music rights belong to Freedom JN LLC which is run by BOTH Cain and Schon. It seems like what these two need is a good divorce lawyer. But that might mean Cain gets the rights to the hits he helped compose. If that’s the case, here’s what the “custody arrangement” might look like. – Wendy Rush