Jim Jarmusch Resumes Work on Iggy & the Stooges Documentary

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 03.06.14 in News

Now that Jim Jarmusch’s long-delayed vampire movie (Only Lovers Left Alive) is finally getting a proper release on April 11, the director has discussed some of his upcoming plans with The Playlist. One of the most promising projects is a “love letter to the Stooges” that was shelved years ago when Jarmusch ran out of money. A new round of funding should help finalize that “documentary portrait” soon; in the meantime, composer Phil Kline — a member of Jarmusch’s short-lived No Wave band The Del-Byzanteens — is helping him develop an opera based on the life of Jack White’s favorite inventor, Nikola Tesla.

“Apparently [theater director] Robert Wilson will now collaborate with us on it,” explained Jarmusch. “We think he wants to anyhow. So that and a lot of new music that we’re recording and creating. So I have quite a few things up my sleeve.”

As tight as Jarmusch’s ties have always been to music, he’s been especially active personally in the past couple years, including a recent Sacred Bones record with Jozef Van Wissem and the Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack itself, which features music from Jarmusch’s other band SQÜRL and guests like Zola Jesus and Cults singer Madeline Follin. That album will be out April 8 through ATP. Check out a track from it down below, along with the film’s trailer, a Rolling Stone interview from 2010 about the Stooges doc, and a couple previous collaborations with Iggy Pop…

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