David Bowie has recorded a brand new original song which will feature in the opening credits for the forthcoming European crime thriller, THE LAST PANTHERS. It is the first time the artist has contributed original music for film or television in twenty years. The track is the result of a meeting of minds between Bowie and the director of the series Johan Renck who met during the filming of the show.
Johan Renck comments: “I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a God. His first response was precise, engaged and curious. The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself – dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can’t fathom what actually happened…”
The six part series, jointly pan-European commission from Sky and CANAL + in France, opens with a daring diamond heist before delving into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and ‘banksters’ now rule.
THE LAST PANTHERS stars Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Samantha Morton alongside double Cesar award winner Tahar Rahim, Croatian star Goran Bogdan and two time Academy Award Nominee, three-time BAFTA winner and Golden Globe winner John Hurt.
The series is produced by France’s Haut et Court TV (‘The Returned’) and the UK’s Warp Films (‘This is England’) and directed by the acclaimed Johan Renck (Bloodline, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead as well as videos by Madonna, New Order, Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey) and was filmed in Marseille, Belgrade, Montenegro and London. THE LAST PANTHERS will screen on CANAL + France and on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria this autumn.
UPDATE – Ecco i primi 47 secondi di ‘Blackstar’ il nuovo brano di David Bowie. Il regista John Renck racconta l’incontro con Bowie: “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”.