Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters shot a horror comedy film in secret called “Studio 666” that will open in theaters from Open Road Films next February.
“Studio 666” is a film about how the Foo Fighters aim to record their 10th album in an Encino mansion, only to find themselves fighting supernatural forces that threaten to derail the completion of the album and their lives. Grohl and the film’s director compared it to vintage ’60s and ’70s films that highlighted the biggest rock bands of the day in tongue-in-cheek movie settings, and Grohl added that it features “hilarious gore that f–ing ROCKS.”
The movie will star the full ensemble of the Foo Fighters, including Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. They’ll be supported by a cast that includes Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin. The film was shot in the same spot where Foo Fighters recorded their most recent album, “Medicine at Midnight.”
BJ McDonnell directed “Studio 666” based on an original story by Grohl, and the film is set for a wide domestic theatrical release in 2,000+ theaters on Feb. 25, 2022. The film’s international release date will be announced soon.
“After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level… A full length feature horror comedy film,” Dave Grohl said in a statement. “Like most things Foo, ‘Studio 666’ began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible. Filmed at the same house where we recorded our latest album ‘Medicine at Midnight’ (told you that place was haunted!) we wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that f—ing ROCKS. And now, with the help of Tom Ortenberg and the team at Open Road Films we can finally let this cat out of the bag after keeping it our best kept secret for two years. Be ready to laugh, scream, and headbang in your popcorn. ‘Studio 666’ will f— you up.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Foo Fighters for a movie sure to make audiences scream and laugh,” Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg said. “The Foos bring their comedic chemistry and the musical talent we all love to the big screen in this hysterical horror film.”
“’Studio 666’ is a perfect combination of all things I love. Rock, horror, and comedy all tied together in a very thrilling motion picture. I am so excited to have teamed up with the Foo Fighters to create an old school ‘Band’ movie. It’s been years since we’ve seen something like the Beatles ‘Help!,’ The Monkees ‘Head,’ or ‘KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.’ Take that 60’s / 70’s old school band film fun, mix it with horror and ‘Studio 666’ is born! I am so ecstatic for audiences of film and music to come together and enjoy our film,” the director McDonnell said in a statement.
Based on a story by Dave Grohl and a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, “Studio 666” is produced by Roswell Films’ and Therapy Studios’ John Ramsay and James A. Rota. Executive producers are John Silva, Kristen Welsh, John Cutcliffe, Gaby Skolnek, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, James Masciello, Matthew Sidari, Mitchell Zhang and Tom Ortenberg.
The deal was negotiated by Tom Ortenberg and Matthew Sidari on behalf of Open Road Films and by WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
Foo Fighters were just recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot.
Check out a poster for “Studio 666” below.
Deadline first reported the news.