Published Aug 30, 2012We've known for some time now that director Brett Morgen has been prepping a new career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones as part of the iconic Brit band's 50th anniversary. It turns out that the film is now called Crossfire Hurricane, taken from a lyric in "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and a press release from the Stones confirms the flick arrives this fall.
A message on the group's website reveals that the documentary will hit UK screens sometime in October, with a North American premiere on HBO and an airing on BBC Two scheduled for later this year.
UPDATE: The film will premiere on HBO November 15.
Tidbits have been leaked here and there about how the film would feature "hours of never-before-seen footage," and that the flick will kick off not in the band's birth year of 1962, but in '63, when drummer and great unifier Charlie Watts entered the fold.
This latest spurt of info goes on to add that the film "gives the audience an intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it's like to be part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors."
Topics primed to be broached include early road trips, the group's rep in the press as the hedonistic, daughter-bagging "anti-Beatles," Keith Richards's Canadian drug bust, and the violence that took place at the 1969 Altamont Festival. That said, the film will also chronicle the good times, as the outfit became one of the biggest bands in rock'n'roll history.
"When we got together," former bassist Bill Wyman said in a statement, "something magical happened, and no one could ever copy that."
Richards added, "You can't really stop the Rolling Stones. You know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way".
In other news, the band are still reportedly working on a new album, with sessions apparently taking place in Paris. It will be their first LP since 2005's A Bigger Bang.