In an interview with Michael Silverblatt on his acclaimed KCRW radio show ‘Bookworm’, Ron and Russell Mael revealed that the award winning Canadian film director Guy Maddin is working with Sparks on the film realisation of their recent audio musical ‘The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman’ aided by Jason Schwartzman.
The interview reveals that Silverblatt, who has known Maddin since he was a teenager, gave a copy of the musical to Maddin who loved the material and, it turned out, is a fan of the band. “I am a big fan of Guy’s films…he really is one of the best film makers in the world now. I was stunned when I first saw his films” declared Ron Mael in the interview.
With Maddin on board as director, he and the Los Angeles brothers are now in the process of seeking funding for the film. One of the people helping with this process is ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ actor Jason Schwartzman “he has been a real ally and is a big fan of Sparks and Guy Maddin” said Russell.
Ron and Russell were on the ‘Bookworm’ show to reveal the show’s new theme tunes written and performed by Sparks. ‘I Am A Bookworm’ will replace ‘You are a Human Animal’ which has been the show’s opening theme for 21 years. The programme will also close with a second Sparks composition ‘Where Would We Be Without Books?’.
The interview and theme tunes can be heard at http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/bw