Angels & Airwaves, one of the side projects of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, is set to release a movie called Love in March 2011. Love was the name of the band’s latest album, which was released (fittingly, I might add) on Valentine’s Day 2010. Thanks to “corporate underwriting”, according to DeLonge himself, the album was released free of charge.
After an extensive tour following the release of the album, DeLonge confirmed plans for a follow-up album calledd Love: Part II as well as a movie. The movie is a science-fiction film that opens in the Civil War era, and DeLonge has stated in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that the movie follows several different story lines. It is a futuristic movie, as the audience travels through time and space, watching as one of the main characters becomes stuck on a space station. While stuck in the space station, he witnesses the Earth crumbling below him, and ends up being the last person alive (or so he thinks). Decades later, he wakes up and sees another planet orbiting him. DeLonge does not release much more information than that, which I guess is fair considering he wants to ensure he does not spoil the movie.
One common misconception is that neither DeLonge nor any of the members of Angels & Airwaves will be in the movie. There will be legitimate actors (not to say that DeLonge wouldn’t be), and the special effects will be done by one of the same guys who was behind the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings trilogies. Epic? I think so.
I don’t really want to get into all of the pre and post production of the film, such as finding producers and fitting DeLonge’s wishes onto a screen, but what is also interesting is that DeLonge did not write the script for the movie, and he is not directing. He and the band had a set idea for the movie, and whenever the script or actors seemed to go astray, the band made sure to act so that the movie met their thoughts and expectations (which I’m assuming was part of the original contract). In essence, the members of the band were editors for Love.
“We had to plug in certain attributes that were hyper-stylized to what the band likes: The science fiction, the color palette, the storyline on a macro level,” explained DeLonge.
Tom DeLonge is a very busy man – Angels & Airwaves has a new album coming out with this movie, a new Blink-182 album is in the works, more and more touring and I’m sure Box Car Racer (yet another one of his side projects) has something in the works. The fact that he was able to devote enough time to a movie is impressive and I wish him and the band the best of luck in the post-production and release of it.