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Upcoming KISS Biopic Will Focus On Band’s First Four Years, Says Manager Doc McGhee

"Shout It Out Loud", which will have close cooperation from bandleaders Stanley and Gene Simmons, will be a co-production of Canton's Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

KISS’s longtime manager Doc McGhee recently sat down with Talking Metal and spoke about the band’s upcoming biopic “Shout It Out Loud”. The upcoming Netflix film will be directed by Joachim Rønning, whose credits include “Kon-Tiki”, “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with a script by Ole Sanders.

“Actually, we have a script that’s completely done,” Doc said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “Mark Canton, who is a very, very powerful producer and production company who has the TV series ‘Power’ and ‘Ghost’ and all that stuff, and he was a president of Sony and all that, he’s done 300 films — a really, really great guy — his team and Universal Music and ourselves have partnered up with Joachim Rønning, who is a very sought-after director that did things like ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’, and ‘Kon-Tiki’ was up for an Academy Award. And the script is about the first four years of KISS. Basically, it’s before they were famous — it was up to Cadillac High, that kind of thing,” referring to the October 1975 concert KISS played in a high school gym in Cadillac, Michigan. “And I think it’s a very interesting look at the formation of KISS, the mindset of how that came about, the social pressure that everybody was in in the ’60s and ’70s that brought something like KISS to the forefront, that it could actually happen. So it’s a very interesting, and I think it’s a well-written movie. And our partners right now is Netflix. It’ll be a theatrical release, then Netflix.”

According to Doc, casting hasn’t started yet. “We’re finishing our deal with a couple of distributors in Europe and the U.S., and then we’ll get into casting,” he said. “I believe before Thanksgiving we’ll be in the casting.”

“Shout It Out Loud”, which will have close cooperation from bandleaders Stanley and Gene Simmons, will be a co-production of Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The film will be produced by Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment, Leigh Ann Burton through Opus 7, Courtney Solomon, David Blackman and Jody Gerson through Universal Music Group, McGhee through his McGee Entertainment, Rønning, and Simmons and Stanley. Atmosphere’s Dorothy Canton and David Hopwood are the executive producers.

Listen to the full interview at this location.