Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sion Sono helms the story of a real-life Black Metal murder case

by Chris MaGee

And here I was thinking that "Strange Circus" and "Love Exposure" director Sion Sono (above right) was mellowing a bit. In January we reported that Sono would be working on the film "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna (The Bonds of Father and Child)" about a salaryman and his relationship with his dying father starring Akira from the Japanese pop septet EXILE. Love, mourning and reconciliation. Kind of different ground for the bad boy filmmaker who burst onto the international scene with the ultra-violent and utterly loopy "Suicide Circle" in 2002, but now Nippon Cinema has word that while Sono is working on "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna" he's also working on a film that deals with a lot more familiar subject matter, namely ear-splitting music, Satan, churches being burned to the ground and murder. All of these components are there in the real-life story of the murder of Øystein Aarseth (above left), the guitarist for Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

Sono, along with a trio of screenwriters made up of Hans Fjellestad, Ryan Page, and Adam Parfrey, will be adapting the 2003 non-fiction book "Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground" by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind to the screen with a 2010 release date in mind. While the book does offer an overall history of the black metal scene in Norway its centerpiece is the 1993 stabbing of Aarseth by rival musician Varg Vikernes of the band Burzum.

So, I guess you can think of this as Sono's much more harrowing version of Toshio Lee's comedy "Detroit Metal" city. Johannes Krauser II, move over...

1 comment:

committedtofilm said...

Let me be the first to utter the phrase "Sono ist krieg." Sorry, just a little Black Metal joke there...