Scot McFadyen, the Canadian co-founder of Banger Films, has confirmed to Times Colonist that his company has inked a contract to make a full-length documentary on the legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH.
Since 2005, McFadyen and co-director Sam Dunn have worked on the essential heavy metal documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” (2006) and its follow-up “Global Metal” (2008) as well as films about RUSH (2010’s “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage”) and IRON MAIDEN (2009’s “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”); they’ve also collaborated on a doc about Satan and will soon take on a project about reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN. As was the case with the TV doc series “Metal Evolution”, their current feature, “Super Duper Alice Cooper”, adds a third co-director, Reginald Harkema, for the colorful story of shock rocker Alice Cooper, né Vincent Furnier.
Asked if he can foresee Banger Films in the future moving away from documenting heavy metal, Dunn told Metal Insider in a recent interview: “Well, music documentaries and doing films about rock and metal bands is, and will always be, our bread and butter, but we are expanding. We’re even doing some kids programming, a lot of live concert filming, and in the future we may get into creating dramatic feature films. But we’re big music fans and we feel there are still a lot of stories out there that need to be told on some of the greatest rock bands. Think AC/DC, AEROSMITH, GUNS N’ ROSES — there’s loads of bands out there that are still pulling in big audiences and have had a big impact on the history of music but who many don’t really know much about beyond the great songs and great show. So we still see a lot of golden hills. I wish it was gold, but in fact it’s probably more silver. [Laughs]”
BLACK SABBATH‘s latest album, “13”, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in June 2013, the band’s first LP to ever top the U.S. chart.
The disc features singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi playing together for the first time in 35 years. Their last effort together was 1978’s “Never Say Die!”
“13” has sold more than 360,000 copies in the United States since its release.
BLACK SABBATH‘s recent North American tour consisted of a series of 10 shows encompassing mostly Canadian stops until winding down on April 26 in Los Angeles.
A contract dispute led drummer Bill Ward to sit out the reunion, which was also marred by Iommi‘s cancer diagnosis in early 2012.
BLACK SABBATH was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. BLACK SABBATH was nominated for the track “God Is Dead?”, from “13”. BLACK SABBATH‘s “God Is Dead?” also picked up a nomination in the “Best Rock Song” category. In addition, “13” earned a nod for “Best Rock Album”, alongside LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Celebration Day” and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s “…Like Clockwork”, among others.
BLACK SABBATH‘s “Live… Gathered In Their Masses” DVD sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on the Top Music Videos chart. Released on November 26, 2013, the set was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band kicked off its world tour in support of “13”.