Music (upcoming film)
|Directed by||Sia Furler|
Music is an upcoming musical film directed by Australian singer-songwriter Sia and starring Kate Hudson, Maddie Ziegler and Leslie Odom Jr. Its screenplay was co-written by Sia and children's book author Dallas Clayton. Sia wrote the songs for the film.
Background and development
Sia Furler announced the film project at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, to star Maddie Ziegler, who starred in a series of music videos that Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill and who has danced during many of Sia's live performances. Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr. are also set to star.
After creating the music video for "Chandelier" in 2014, Sia decided she was "pretty good" at directing and "felt a little bit braver". The film's screenplay was co-written by Sia and children's book author Dallas Clayton based on a one-page story that she had written in 2007. Sia enjoyed the creative process and noted similarities between directing and writing songs. She said:
For me, the process was basically, I work out the movie. I'll act it out, I'll have the dialogue already in my head ... I can't be bothered to learn Final Draft. ... Like, when I sing, I just want to sing the melody and write the lyrics. I don't want to have to do production, which is very technical. I don't enjoy that.
The project, originally conceived as a non-musical film, was subsequently written as a musical, with songs by Sia and choreography by Sia's frequent collaborator Ryan Heffington. It was first given the working title Sister and subsequently renamed Music.
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