John Niven has adapted his funny, excoriating portrait of the mid-nineties UK music industry for Owen Harris’ movie of the same name published back in 2008, and after a pretty lengthy development process, the movie will finally hit the big screen apparently this year.
Kill Your Friends has Nicholas Hoult as lead A&R man Stelfox (think Patrick Bateman’s more self-absorbed Brit cousin), with support from Submarine’s Craig Roberts, Rosanna Arquette, James Corden, Tom Riley, Georgia King and more.
Director Owen Harris has episodes of Black Mirror, Misfits, and Secret Diary Of A Call-Girl. Kill Your Friends will be his feature debut.
The film takes place in London in 1997 when the British music industry was on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, The Verve rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing.
27 year old A&R bloke Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. Fuelled by greed, ambition and obviously inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he tries to find his next hit record. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change at the end of the 90s, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career...
Now Kill Your Friends has been compared to Amerian Psycho and has had rights bought by Well Go USA. The film has a rough release date of early 2016 after being bought out.
As Variety reports, president and CEO of Well Go USA Doris Pfardrescher exclaimed her excitement for the movie: “If you loved music in the 90s, and you liked ‘The Player,’ ‘Swimming with Sharks’ and ‘American Psycho,’ it still doesn’t come close to describing how savagely brilliant this movie is. The way it skewers every part of the music industry is outrageous and hysterical.”
Well Go has expressed their desires to take the film around the festival circuit this summer. Author of the novel John Niven, has also taken up scriptwriting duties which producer Gregor Cameron has called 'exceptionally sharp and funny.'
The movie will also feature songs by Radiohead, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Oasis and Blur.