The Prodigy is working on its first feature-length musical documentary, with help from the studio behind the drama London Gangs.
Provisional title The Prodigy, the Paul Dugdale-led project is set to be produced by founding band members Liam Howlett and Maxim.
Pulse Films – the studio behind London Gangs, the recent film by Riz Ahmed Mughal Mowgli and Spike Jonze History of the Beastie Boys – produces the project. It is described as “the raw, uncompromising and moving story of a gang of young Essex outlaws who came together in the vortex of the UK rave scene of the late 80s”.
Howlett and Maxim said the film – which will combine archival footage, animation and first-hand testimony – is dedicated to the late frontman, Keith Flint, who died aged 49 on March 4, 2019 after being be committed suicide.
“Following the devastating passing of our brother Keef in 2019, the time seems right for us to tell the story of our entire band, the nine,” the two said in a statement.
“This is the story of the chaotic and troubled journey of our gang, our band, the popular band, The Prodigy,” they added. “Or just a story of brothers on a mission to make noise, ignite people’s souls and blow up sound systems around the world, damn it.” This film will be made with the same integrity as our music: uncompromising, raw and honest. This one’s for Keef!
Director Dugdale, who has made documentaries and concert films for artists including Adele, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Ed Sheehan, The Prodigy and Paul McCartney, said the film “will be as wild as the band”.
“Dark at times, strong changes of pace, it will also be a visual assault, stylistically arresting, contemporary and thought-provoking,” Dugdale said. “We want viewers to leave the theater as if they’ve just stepped off a roller coaster.”
Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford and Sam Bridger of Pulse Films will produce alongside Howlett, Maxim and The Prodigy co-director John Fairs as executive producer. Production is expected to begin this spring.
Meanwhile, The Prodigy confirmed in September that they were returning to the studio to work on their first material since Keith Flint’s death.