Atlanta’s mystic metal maniacs Mastodon are actually trying to secure a deal to turn their ambitious concept album Crack the Skye into a feature film! It’s not a done deal yet, but the band recently told Billboard magazine that the project is “well within the realm of possibility.” Hit the link and find out what they said!
Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor told Billboard that a screenplay has already been written by himself and an unnamed director. The script “reads from song to song,” he explained, also revealing that three different filmmakers are interested in helming the project, which would bring the album’s wide-reaching concept of Russian history, alchemy and mysticism, astral projection, and even Stephen Hawking’s theories on wormholes.
"I think it's definitely the closest we've come to a fully cohesive story from start to finish," Dailor said, explaining how the subject matter was ideally suited for a big-screen fantasy epic.
"That's something that's cool about making concept records,” Dailor continued. “That opportunity for more to be done, artistically. If you just had an album with a bunch of songs that didn't have anything to do with each other and there was no common thread, that aspect of the art wouldn't be there. But with [Crack the Skye], we have that possibility."
Their main challenge? The usual, of course: "It all comes down to money," Dailor told the magazine. "We don't want to half-ass it; we want to make it real and... awesome. But we're in a time period where labels are doing significantly less, moneywise, or trying to cut back, and making movies isn't exactly cutting corners... but we're not ruling it out yet."