Foo Fighters will give their fans the goosebumps of the cinematic genre in February, when the group-starring horror comedy “Studio 666” hits theaters.
The film, which releases in the US on Friday February 25, 2022, was directed by BJ McDonnell (from the “Slayer: The Repentless Killogy” series in 2019), from a story by Foo frontman Dave Grohl, with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. “Studio 666” was acquired by Open Road Films Acquires for worldwide rights and produced by John Ramsay and James A. Rota of Roswell Films and Therapy Studios.
The six Foos – Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee – will act as both executive producers and stars of “Studio 666”, along with fellow comedians Whitney Cummings (“Roseanne” showrunner) , Leslie Grossman (“American Horror Story”), Will Forte (“MacGruber”), Jenna Ortega (the next “Wednesday”) and Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).
“After decades of ridiculous music videos and many musical documentaries under our belt, it was finally time to take it to the next level… A horror comedy feature film,” Grohl said in a press release. “Like most Foo stuff, ‘Studio 666’ started off with a wacky idea that turned into something bigger than we ever imagined possible. Shot in the same house where we recorded our last album, “Medicine at Midnight” (I told you this place is haunted!), We wanted to recapture the classic magic of all our favorite rock and roll movies, but with a twist : hilarious gore that fucking ROCKS. And now, with the help of Tom Ortenberg and the team at Open Road Films, we can finally get this cat out of the bag after keeping it our best-kept secret for two years. Be prepared to laugh, scream, and headbang in your popcorn. ‘Studio 666’ is going to screw you up.
Ortenberg, Founding CEO of Open Road Films, adds: “The Foos bring their comedic chemistry and the musical talent we all love to the big screen in this hysterical horror film.”
The film’s sheet music is courtesy of drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, Ministry), who revealed on Instagram that the theme song was written by John Carpenter.
In the Grohl story (and the Buhler / Hughes screenplay), the Foos move into a San Fernando Valley mansion “steeped in gruesome rock and roll history” to record “Medicine at Midnight” from 2021. Once inside the Haunted House, Grohl and the Foos find themselves grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the album’s completion and the band’s life.
Before you can shout out the title of 1978’s “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park”, director O’Donnell does it for you by invoking the name of this camp classic. “’Studio 666; is a perfect combination of all the things I love, ”says the director. “Rock, horror and comedy all come together in a very exciting movie. I’m so excited to have teamed up with the Foo Fighters to create an old-fashioned “group” movie. It’s been years since we’ve seen something like “Help! “, The Monkees” Head “or” Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park “. Take that old-fashioned 60s / 70s group movie, mix it with horror and “Studio 666” was born! I am so thrilled that film and music audiences come together and enjoy our film. “
You can add the “Studio 666” announcement to Foo Fighters’ already busy fall schedule. While the group was just inducted into the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney on October 30, Grohl recently released his autobiography, “The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music,” on October 5.