Tom DeLonge Is Directing a Movie About Skateboarders and Aliens
Published Feb 03, 2017It looks like we may owe Tom DeLonge an apology. We all laughed at him when he quit his punk band Blink-182 to research Area 51 and start a massive publishing company. As it turns out, however, the various projects he's released with his To the Stars company have been massively successful, and now he's turning one of his novels into a feature-length film.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, DeLonge will direct a feature-length adaptation of Strange Times, the young-adult novel series he's been co-writing with various authors over the last few years.
The film follows a group of angsty San Diego skateboarders who start to investigate paranormal activities around town and wind up going on an adventure.
DeLonge co-wrote the film's screenplay with Ben Kull. The two previously collaborated on the 2014 animated short Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker. In addition to writing, directing and producing, DeLonge will also contribute music to the project from his band Angels & Airwaves.
"I grew up in Southern California as a disaffected young skateboarder who broke the occasional law or five, and I was always dreaming about the world around me, obsessively looking for the more unusual and imaginative experiences that life has to offer," DeLonge said in a statement. "That's the inspiration behind Strange Times, which is about the tribe of broken youth and the restless spirit that inspired me to form Blink-182 and seek out adventure."
Strange Times will begin production this fall.