Edgar Wright spent three years making his musical documentary The Sparks Brothers (released June 18), about cult band Sparks. And if the baby driver the writer-director had his druthers, he would always be doing it.
“There was [around] 80 people interviewed and I interviewed them all,” Wright told EW ahead of the film’s premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “The idea of sitting down to talk to fans of Sparks and The sparkles themselves were just catnip to me. I loved that. I think if we didn’t have to finish the movie, I would still do it!”
Sparks’ cinephile founders, Ron and Russell Mael, were familiar with Wright’s work before they collaborated on the documentary.
“Oh yeah, and it made everything amazing from the start,” said Russell Mael. “We were always hesitant to do the documentary about the band because we think maybe our music says it all. But when Edgar offered to do that, we said yes within a minute. We were completely aware of all his movies. There was also the thought that the sensibility we knew about Edgar through his work seemed to parallel what Sparks’ musical sensibility is. Our only hope was to get Edgar’s seal, if you know what because we wanted that to be Edgar’s take on the band, we were really happy that it turned out that way in the end.
Watch the trailer for The Sparks Brothers above and check out the new movie poster below.
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