Justin Timberlake and Jonathan Demme Collaborating on “Space-Age” Concert Film

     August 29, 2015


In the realm of concert films, there are very few out-and-out masterpieces, and on the top of that short list is Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme‘s hypnotic, ingeniously edited document of Talking Heads playing live. The film also spurred one of the great live albums of all time, and Demme has since gone on to direct concert films for Kenny Chesney and Neil Young; he’s also directed a variety of music videos for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, New Order, and The Pretenders. Still, it’s a bit of surprise that Demme is now the man behind an upcoming Justin Timberlake concert film, which has yet to be named. As reported by EW, Demme was asked to shoot the last show of Timberlake’s 20/20 Tour, which backed Timberlake’s recent, actually-pretty-good double-album The 20/20 Experience.

jonathan-demmeThe filmmaker is currently editing the independently produced concert film, and seems very excited about the work he’s doing. “It’s a space-age music film,” quipped Demme when he was asked about how the work’s going. And ultimately, it’s not entirely that surprising that Timberlake would pick Demme to direct his concert film, considering that Timberlake has shown an attraction to major film artists as an actor and performer. His collaborations with David Fincher include both his role in Fincher’s still-stunning The Social Network and his unerringly classy “Suit & Tie” video. He’s also appeared in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis as a folk-pop singer-songrwriter, and appeared as a nervy, scarred soldier in Richard Kelly‘s sublime sci-fi comedy Southland Tales. Sure, Trouble with the Curve isn’t all that great, but it allowed him to share some scenes with Clint Eastwood. It’s not as easy to excuse away his work in The Love Guru and Runner Runner but Timberlake has always been at his best on stage, and that’s exactly where Demme seeks to capture him in the film. If it’s released before the end of 2015, it would be one of the more anticipated documentaries of the fall/winter season.


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