Christmas On Mars Set For Actual Release? Really?

<i>Christmas On Mars</i> Set For Actual Release? Really?
Is there any point in reporting on a film that is now so legendary for its tardiness it's earning Chinese Democracy comparisons? Maybe so, according to Billboard.com.

Originally scheduled as a special screening for March's South By Southwest Conference in Austin, TX, the Flaming Lips' excruciatingly long-awaited feature film Christmas On Mars is now set to make its debut appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Quincy, WA during the weekend of May 24 to 26. Or so organisers say.

Written, directed and co-starring lead Lip Wayne Coyne, production on Christmas On Mars originally began back in 2001, the movie has become a bit of an eye-rolling joke over the years due to Coyne's insistence that it will one day see the light of day.

Imagined as a proper movie designed for the big screen, the film has since been announced as a straight-to-DVD release, but will be backed by a plethora of extras and launched with "big, visceral event(s)." Coyne told Billboard last year that "it is coming. In fact, it's better than ever. Because it's taken so long, we've become better filmmakers. There's better computer effects. I think it will be much better."

Well, let's hope so, because after viewing the lo-fi footage released as the official trailers (see below), it's feeling more and more like a Christmas we shouldn't anticipate.

In addition to the film's premiere, the band will also present a "U.F.O. show" featuring a replica flying saucer during their proper performance, meaning there will be even less room on stage for furry creatures to frolic.

Christmas On Mars Trailer