Deadline reports a new film will be made surrounding Pink Floyd’s seminal song “Another Brick in the Wall.” Instead of a remake of 1982’s The Wall, this project “tells the true tale of the schoolchildren who sang on the 1979 number one and their maverick music teacher.” Hit the jump for more info.
Described as “Dead Poets Society meets School of Rock,” the untitled film will be produced by Andy Harries, the producer of The Queen and The Damned United. The story will follow Alun Renshaw, the teacher who stared controversy in the face and had his students sing on the now-infamous song anyway. The only problem with the production right now is that Harries doesn’t officially hold the rights to the song “Another Brick in the Wall,” so it’s possible that 1) this movie might not get made in its current form, or more likely 2) they’ll have to throw huge sums of money at Roger Waters and the rest of Pink Floyd to secure the rights.
I’m a big fan of both Dead Poets Society and School of Rock, so it’ll be interesting to see how this movie blends the elements that made them both entertaining. I also did some digging into the history of the song itself and stumbled across this interview with Guitar World Magazine speaking with producer Bob Ezrin:
The most important thing I did for the song was to insist that it be more than just one verse and one chorus long, which it was when Roger wrote it. When we played it with the disco drumbeat I said: ‘Man, this is a hit! But it’s one minute 20. We need two verses and two choruses.’ And they said, ‘Well you’re not bloody getting them. We don’t do singles, so fuck you.’ So I said, ‘Okay, fine,’ and they left. And because of our two [tape recorder] set up, while they weren’t around we were able to copy the first verse and chorus, take one of the drum fills, put them in between and extend the chorus…And having been the guy who made Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out,” I’ve got this thing about kids on record, and it is about kids after all.
I love the ‘F-you’ attitude of the band. But what do you think? Would you be willing to see a movie like this if it ever hits theaters? And Pink Floyd fans, I want to hear from you, too – what’s your take on this project?