David Bowie has unveiled a new song, “BLACKSTAR“.
An excerpt from the song has been used as the theme music for a new TV series, The Last Panthers.
The six part series, a joint production by Sky and CANAL + in France, stars Samantha Morton and John Hurt.
The Last Panthers will screen on Sky Atlantic in the UK from 12 November.
Johan Renck, director of The Last Panthers, said: “I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much. We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws. We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board i had just made for the title sequence – images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald. That’s when he said go – it all fits. Then he played me his new song BLACKSTAR.”
Meanwhile, Bowie’s musical project, Lazarus, opens at the New York Theater Workshop on November 18.
The production, written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, features songs specially composed for this production by Bowie as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.
Lazarus, inspired by the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, centers on the character of Thomas Newton, portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nic Roeg.
Bowie is also to contribute new music to a Spongebob Squarepants musical.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Bowie is one of a number of high-profile artists who will contribute to the project.
Dirty Projectors, Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, TI, They Might Be Giants and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are also reportedly involved in the show, which will have an initial run in Chicago from June 7 to July 13, 2016, before heading to Broadway for 2016 – 17.
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