Edgar Wright is one filmmaker who has always gone to beat of his own drum. So much so that he dropped out of doing the big-budget MCU film Ant-Man strictly for creative differences and then went and used his story concepts to make the hit film Baby Driver. This distinct creative drive has made Wright a household name, though his humor and style is definitely niche, based in his own specificity as a filmmaker. He probably can relate to the Sparks pop duo of which he is helming a documentary about. A band that he describes as “successful, underrated, hugely influential, and overlooked all at the same time." Kindred spirits, Mr. Wright?
But the long and short of it is Wright's new documentary The Sparks Brothers will delve into the 50+ year career of the duo, reintroducing them to a whole new generation of fans. And he's not alone as he brings in such creative figures as Mike Myers, Beck, Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Todd Rundgren, Jason Schwartzman, Patton Oswalt, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more familiar names. Names from music and pop culture at large who have been influenced by Sparks.
But, like any project Wright does, the film's trailer reveals he's experimenting with his first feature-length documentary. Visuals and animated sequences mingle with stock footage and even some cheeky lower-thirds that introduce the film’s various subjects with the guest speakers appearing as talking heads. Check it out below:
The Sparks Brothers will be released in theaters on June 18th.