Demme to Direct New Neil Young Concert Flick

by | August 9, 2005 | Comments

Classic rock legend Neil Young will perform the songs from his new album, "Prairie Wind," in Nashville next week, and veteran filmmaker Jonathan Demme will be there to turn the concerts into a film, says Variety.

"The deal was made even though the studio execs haven’t heard the songs, which Young will sing for the first time in public on Aug. 18-19 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The songs appear on Young’s next disc for Reprise Records, "Prairie Wind," to be released Sept. 27."

Paramount Classics will be releasing the film, which is being co-produced by Tom Hanks‘ Playtone shingle.

Although none of the involved producers (save for the musician and the director, of course) have yet heard any of the new tunes, that didn’t stop Mr. Demme from renting out the theater and putting the whole project together.

The "Prairie Wind" CD hits shelves on September 27th, and Demme hopes to have the flick done and distributed around the same time.

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