Netflix is reportedly fast-tracking a deal for the first official Kiss biopic, with the full cooperation of co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Although still unannounced officially, Deadline reported the film, titled, Shout It Out Loud, will be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Ronning — best known for Kon-Tiki, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script will be written by Ole Sanders.
Deadline posted about the film: “The band’s concert-arena anthems will be a big part of this, but the film will focus on that duo going back to when they were two misfit kids from Queens who formed an unlikely friendship, starting Kiss after enlisting guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Trying to set themselves apart from the ‘hair’ bands of the day, they accented their power chords and pyrotechnics with makeup. At heart, their formative story is in the vein of The Commitments, if that Irish soul band employed makeup and spiked heels.”
DID YOU KNOW???
- Kiss broke a Guinness World Record with its New Year’s Eve “Kiss 2020 Goodbye” pay-per-view concert.
- The band boasted on its social media about snagging the record for “highest flame projection in a music concert and for most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert.”
- The concert’s audience primarily watched the show from far off hotel balconies.
- The socially distanced concert was streamed live from The Royal Beach at Atlantis Dubai and shot with over 50 cameras with a 360-degree view.
- In 2020, current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer gave an update on the upcoming definitive band documentary, tentatively due out this year.
- Thayer told Sweden’s RockSverige.se, “I think we’re at least halfway into it. The director is John Dorsey. . . We’ve done interviews on camera and he’s putting together a lot of historic footage and talking to a lot of different sources, including us and our archives. It’s coming along. I’ve seen a little bit and I think it will be really exciting and really well done.”
- Thayer explained that the doc is featuring unique fan sourced footage as well as deep dives from the Kiss vaults: “We have a lot of great stuff in our archives for certain, but there’s still a lot of other unique and rare stuff out there that we don’t have. It’s a matter of sourcing that stuff.”
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss performing “Shout It Out Loud” from 1978’s Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park: