There’s been no concrete progress toward an Oasis reunion, but the famed Manchester rockers will at least appear on big screens in the form of a documentary.
Asif Kapadia, the director of two recent acclaimed docs — this summer’s Amy, about Amy Winehouse; and Senna, the profile of Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna— will executive produce a project about the ’90s Brit rockers, according to a press release. The Road to Guantanamo director Mat Whitecross will helm the feature, which will boast “unprecedented” access to the band and archival footage. Amy and Senna producer James Gay Rees, Fiona Neilson of Spike Island, and Simon Halfon of Sleuth will also produce.
“Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands selling 70 million albums worldwide and defining the sound of a whole era,” Independent Films managing director Andrew Orr said 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 doc will track the group upon Noel Gallagher joining his brother Liam’s band in 1991. They released their debut album, Definitely Maybe, in 1994 and began a meteoric career, selling upward of 70 million records. But the dynamic between the two brothers has a long history of being rocky. Liam said in 2011 he wouldn’t mind making a movie about the band, saying he’d start at their breakup in Paris in 2009 and work backwards, because “I wouldn’t want it to end on such a bummer.”
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Kapadia’s portrait of the late Amy Winehouse painted a complete, yet different portrait of the troubled singer. The moving and exploratory look into her life garnered box office and critical acclaim. (EW gave it an A.)