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Spike Lee's David Byrne film 'American Utopia' to premiere on HBO


The feature film version of David Byrne‘s American Utopia on Broadway is set to premiere on HBO.

The project, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, sees Byrne perform a number of tracks taken from both Talking Heads and his solo career.

The album, the seventh solo record from Byrne, arrived to Broadway in late 2019 where he was joined by 11 musicians to perform a modified version of American Utopia.

“It is my honour and privilege that my art brother, Mr. David Byrne, asked me to join him in concert, to invite me into his magnificent world of American Utopia,” Spike Lee said in a statement.

The director added: “And dat’s da ‘once in a lifetime’ truth, Ruth. Ya-dig? Sho-nuff. Peace and love. Be safe.”

Set to premiere on HBO, Byrne has said to be “thrilled” with the film adaption by Lee. “Spike and I have crossed paths many times over the years, obviously I’m a huge fan and now finally here was an opportunity for us to work together,” Byrne said in a statement.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the result. The Broadway show was a wonderful challenge as well as an opportunity—it was a joy to perform and, well, best to let the quotes speak for themselves. Thrilled that this show and the subjects it addresses will now reach a wider audience.”