A new project in the works at Netflix has the attention of headbangers and tongue waggers everywhere as the story of KISS will be brought to the small screen in the biopic Shout It Out Loud. The streaming service is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring the film, which hosts bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as producers.
Much like recent band biopics The Dirt, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocket Man, and many more, Shout It Out Loud will tell the story of KISS’ early days and employ the band’s expansive catalog. According to Deadline, the film will specifically focus on Simmons and Stanley’s long-running friendship that served as the nexus for the band.
“Shout It Out Loud will have close cooperation from bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley,” Deadline reported in an exclusive story. “The band’s concert-arena anthems will be a big part of this, but the film will focus on that duo going back to when they were two misfit kids from Queens who formed an unlikely friendship, starting KISS after enlisting guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Trying to set themselves apart from the ‘hair’ bands of the day, they accented their power chords and pyrotechnics with makeup.”
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Attached to direct the film is Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Rønning, whose credits include Kon-Tiki, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script was written by Ole Sanders, primarily an advertisement director, with an earlier draft completed by William Blake Herron, best known for producing The Bourne Identity, Role Models, and more.
Given the full cooperation of the band’s only two remaining members—who have often acted as lightning rods for controversy and infighting—it will be interesting to see how Shout It Out Loud spins the involvement and legacies of Frehley and Criss, who have not toured with KISS since 2001 and 2004 respectively, with the “Catman” having departed the band three separate times.
Stay tuned for more details on the KISS biopic Shout It Out Loud from Netflix.