What Exactly IS Repo! The Genetic Opera!?
Saw II, III, and IV director Darren Lynn Bousman's next feature isn't another Saw movie, it's Repo! The Genetic Opera - something of a horror opera musical. But what exactly is Repo? I'm afraid no one will really know until it hits theaters next April, but at least let Darren tell you what it's not: "This isn't Saw… Nor is it Sweeney Todd." Shooting on Repo wrapped last month and the whole movie is just about done, including its extensive soundtrack produced by Japanese musician and composer Yoshiki.
Darren recently wrote a blog update on his MySpace with an update on Repo saying they just watched the first cut and an attempt at describing what exactly it is.
"Today was the first day that I actually was able to sit back, and watch the film in its entirety with Harvey… We were slapping HIGH FIVES the entire time… The truth of the matter is - I have no fucking CLUE what the public and movie goer is going to say about this movie… As I have said numerous times - this isn't SAW… Nor is it SWEENEY TODD… It's a hybrid of horror, comedy, and good old fashion ROCK and ROLL!!!"
I'm liking what he said about it featuring some good old fashion rock and roll, so my hopes are up a bit. Darren is also hoping this ends up like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with people singing in the theaters. I really think that depends on how good of a movie it is and how big it becomes. Repo is destined for the Grindhouse effect - it is such an off-the-wall concept that I just don't know if people will embrace it. If they do, and they come in numbers, then I can't wait to see what happens next.
The entire screening Harvey and I were singing at the TOP of our lungs the entire time -- and that my dear friends is my TRUE dream of the this movie… That I walk into a theatre somewhere and hear the audience singing along to ZYDRATE ANATOMY - or WE STARTED THIS OPERA SHIT…
If you're curious about the music, then be prepared for quite a interesting soundtrack. They've got one hell of a line-up of people that worked on music. Producer Jonathan McHugh states: "The amalgamation of musical genres from pop to heavy metal and rap, to name just a few, really blends together to create one of the most diverse soundtracks in movie history and is destined to modernize the 'rock opera' in a big way." Who exactly was involved?
An all-star assemblage of songs will make up the soundtrack. Among the musicians featured are Richard Patrick (Filter), Steven Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth's band), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), Sonny Moore (First to Last), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie's band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.
I know I'm excited as hell for this. I love being introduced to something radically new, and I think Darren Lynn Bousman has found something to truly behold. Repo! The Genetic Opera! arrives in theaters next April 25th, 2008.