Elvis From Hell will tell the story of Pierce, a tragic but influential figure who died at 37, due to complications from heroin addiction, alcoholism and HIV.
The Gun Club, which was a key influence on bands such as R.E.M, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth and The White Stripes, released seven studio albums between 1981 and 1993. It was started by Pierce, who was the president of Blondie’s U.S. fan club, whose lead singer Debbie Harry was a longtime supporter.
It will feature original interviews with the likes of Cave, Harry, Jack White, who has said Pierce’s songs “should be taught in school”, Jim Jarmusch, Iggy Pop, Mark Lanegan, Moby and Kid Congo Powers as well as never-before-seen archival footage and reenactments. Hollywood star Johnny Depp is also a massive fan, who has previously called The Gun Club his “favourite band”.
Elvis From Hell, a U.S./German co-production, is directed by Heiko Lange (B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin) and Jessica Andree (The Noise of Cairo) and is produced by Kobalt Productions’ Anahita Nazemi and Katrin Sandmann (Midsummer Night’s Tango, Dancing Dreams) and Hunger Artist Production’s Scott Crary (Kill Your Idols, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Fire Music). Lange and Andree will also co-produce, along with Alexander von Sturmfeder, under their Scenes From banner.
Elvis From Hell is set to be released in 2020 and the producers are in talks with additional production partners, as well as sales and distribution companies.