Prominent Rock Musicians From Guns & Roses, Jane's Addiction, White
Skinny Puppy, Slipknot and Love & Rockets Band Together To Record The
Electrifying Cast Includes Anthony Head, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris
Hilton, Sarah Brightman, Bill Moseley and Kevin Ogilvie
TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent
filmed entertainment studio and Twisted Pictures announced today that many of
the top rock musicians were enlisted to record music for the REPO! THE GENETIC
OPERA soundtrack. Principal photography for the film was completed last month
in Toronto, Canada. The film was produced by Daniel Heffner, Carl Mazzocone,
Mark Burg and Oren Koules.
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The film was directed by Darren Bousman, a longtime member of the Twisted
Pictures and Lionsgate families, having directed the past three installments
of the wildly successful SAW franchise, including the recent smash hit SAW IV.
Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, co-creators of the original New York
and Los Angeles stage production upon which the film is based, wrote the
film's screenplay, music and lyrics.
Prior to the shoot, a two-month recording of the film's soundtrack and
score took place at Extasy Studios in Los Angeles. Japanese musician and
composer Yoshiki Haysahi (better known simply as Yoshiki) from the legendary
rock band X-Japan produced the music together with Joe Bishara. Executive
Producer Jonathan McHugh, also served as the music supervisor. "This is by
far the most ambitious and unique project I've ever worked on," raved McHugh.
"The amalgamation of musical genres from pop to heavy metal and rap, to name
just a few, really blends together to create one of the most diverse
soundtracks in movie history and is destined to modernize the 'rock opera' in
a big way."
An all-star assemblage of songs will make up the soundtrack. Among the
musicians featured are Richard Patrick (Filter), Steven Perkins (Jane's
Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David
Lee Roth's band), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), Sonny Moore (First to Last),
David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy
Osborne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie's band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also
lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.
"We've been fans of many of these bands for a long time and it was a
dream come true to assemble such an all-star roster of musicians," exclaimed
Burg and Koules. "They really hit all the right notes in bringing the bizarre
fantasy world of the film to life.
"The production's musically inclined cast (all of the actors performed
their own songs) includes: Anthony Head, whom fans will remember from his turn
in Buffy the Vampire Slayer including the highly regarded musical episode;
Paul Sorvino, a classically trained opera singer in his first movie musical
role; Alexa Vega, most recently made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in
Hairspray; Paris Hilton, whose debut album Paris was released in 2006 and
reached #6 on the Billboard album chart, along with Bill Moseley, who in
addition to his well known horror roles in House of a 1000 Corpses and The
Devils Rejects, is also a member of the band Cornbugs with Guns N' Roses
guitar player Buckethead. Rounding out the electrifying cast are
internationally renowned recording artist Sarah Brightman in her first ever
movie role and performance artist Kevin "Ogre" Ogilvie, best known as the
frontman for the experimental industrial band Skinny Puppy.
In the year 2056 -- the not so distant future -- an epidemic of organ
failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo,
a biotech company that offers organ transplants ... for a price. Those who
miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous
Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and
murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to
her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious
history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable
to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly
anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
ABOUT TWISTED PICTURES -- Twisted Pictures is helmed by Mark Burg and
Oren Koules. SAW was the first feature released by the company, and the SAW
franchise, distributed by Lionsgate, has become the most profitable horror
franchises of all time. Twisted also produced CATACOMBS, also part of the
nine-picture deal between Twisted and Lionsgate. The Company's most recent
feature SAW IV was released on October 26th, 2007, grossing $32.1 million on
its opening weekend.
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entertainment studio, winning the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award (R) for
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