The team behind the documentaries Amy and Senna is tackling UK band Oasis for its next project.
Amy producer James Gay-Rees will produce the as-yet-untitled Oasis documentary, while Asif Kapadia - who previously directed both Amy and Senna - will exec produce. The pair’s film about late singer Amy Winehouse is the UK’s highest grossing British documentary of all time, with £3.4 million (US$5.4 million) in tickets sold.
The Road to Guantanamo filmmaker Mat Whitecross will direct the doc.
According to a release issued by London-based indie distributor Independent, which is handling international sales for the Oasis film, the team has been given “unprecedented” access to the band, and the doc will include previously unseen archival material.
The film will track the genesis of Oasis in the early ’90s, when Noel Gallagher first joined brother Liam’s band and in less than three years released the chart-topping debut album Definitely Maybe. By 1996, an estimated 2.6 millions fans reportedly applied for tickets to a two-night event at Knebworth Park in England.
Lorton Entertainment Limited is to finance the venture, while Lorton Distribution will oversee the UK release. Additional producers include Fiona Neilson of Mint Pictures and Simon Halfon of Nemporer.
Oasis was formed in Manchester in 1991 and released such top-selling albums as Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now before disbanding in 2009 amid internal strife between the Gallagher brothers. The band has sold 70 million albums and scored 22 consecutive Top Ten singles, according to its website.
“Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands, selling 70 million albums worldwide and defining the sound of a whole era,” said Andrew Orr, MD of Independent, in a statement. “At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock ‘n’ roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat’s sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands.”
The project will be introduced to buyers at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California, which runs from November 4 to 11.