You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers? That’s the sound of the cult pop duo Sparks, Russell and Ron Mael. Edgar Wright, straight off his triple-Oscar nominated heist movie Baby Driver, will direct a feature-length documentary on the band, according to Indiewire.
“How about this little piece of news…! It’s not the only thing I’m currently developing, but I can confirm this IS in the works,” Wright tweeted along with a video for Sparks’ 1974 song, “Something For The Girl With Everything.”
“I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979,” Wright told Indiwire, “and when I had Beat The Clock on vinyl.”
In May, the British director shot the Los Angeles band’s concert at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. He is also “currently scouring the archives” for footage of the band to use in the film.
This will be the first documentary for Wright, who directed music videos for Beck, Pharrell Williams, Mint Royale and the Bluetones.
Sparks was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, thought they’d been playing under the name Halfnelson, the title of their debut album, since 1968. Their song “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” reached No 2 on the UK Top 40 in 1974. They had hits with 1976’s Big Beat and the synth-pop rock mix No. 1 in Heaven, which they recorded with Giorgio Moroder in 1978. The band released their 23rd studio album, Hippopotamus, in 2017.
The Sparks documentary is still in its early stages. Wright is producing it with his partner Nira Park.