Jonny Greenwood discusses the chances of a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ style Radiohead film


Guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been quizzed about the chances of Radiohead biopic in the style of recent Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Following the major commercial and critical success of Bohemian Rhapsody, biopics of major cultural figures have become the flavour of the moment. Greenwood, who has worked in cinema consistently in recent years, scored the sound for films such as There Will Be Blood, You Were Never Really Here, Phantom Thread and more.

It was while Greenwood was picking up the award for
Best Original Score for his work on Phantom Thread at The Ivors 2019 when NME asked the Radiohead man if he’d considered bringing the band to the big screen: “Well, you’re experiencing in real-time how awkward and unengaging I am, so it would just be awful. It would be gruesome,” he answered. “When we started, we were obsessed with recording ourselves and listening to ourselves. We weren’t that interested in spreading it beyond that. We were a very inward-looking group.”

Greenwood did admit that he would have no idea which actor could portray Thom Yorke if the film was to ever come to fruition, but did suggest Stephen Merchant would be perfect to play the role of guitarist Ed O’Brien.

As for Greenwood? “Who’s that guy from Saturday Night Live who’s slightly unusual-looking?” he said in reference to Bill Hader. “He made that comedy recently about that Hitman who ends up becoming an actor.”

In more Greenwood-related news, the guitarist has announced his latest musical project ‘Horror vacui’.

The news comes as part of the vastly diverse 2019 BBC Proms programme, an event which will mark the 150th anniversary of founder-conductor Sir Henry Wood’s birth. 

New music highlights include Greenwood who will be curating a Late Night Prom. Greenwood’s show will be culminating in the world premiere of his ‘Horror vacui’. 

According to a statement by the BBC, Greenwood’s new work “simulates electronic sound using 68 string instruments played acoustically.”

“Proms at… Battersea Arts Centre will showcase boundary-crossing and provocative composer-performers, featuring experiments at the cutting edge of music and technology with Jennifer Walshe, Crewsdon & Cevanne, and Oliver Coates,” the BBC explained.

“Elsewhere, Martyn Brabbins presents a 21st-century companion to Elgar’s Enigma Variations 120 years on. Based on a new anonymously written theme, this work features variations by 14 living composers including Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Dai Fujikura and Judith Weir.”

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