Jonas Akerlund to Direct ‘Lords of Chaos’ Film Based on Mayhem’s Euronymous
The story of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem is one of the more intriguing ones in rock and Hollywood intends on bringing it to the big screen. According to Variety, director Jonas Akerlund will helm Lords of Chaos, adapted from a 1998 book of the same name that told the story of the band's guitarist Euronymous, who was stabbed to death by the band's bassist Varg Vikernes.
Euronymous co-founded the satanic-themed black metal band in his teens and they became not only known for their music, but some of their outrageous stunts that include acts of arson and violence. In addition to Euronymous, the group lost one of their singers, Per "Dead" Ohlin, who committed suicide.
So far, actors Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones have been attached to leading roles in the film, with additional casting expected to be announced shortly. Akerlund, who himself was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory in the early '80s, made his name by directing music videos for acts like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, Rammstein and Hollywood Undead. The film will shoot this fall in Norway.
As for the movie, Rolling Stone reached out to Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher, who wasn't exactly thrilled with the idea of the film. "This book Lords of Chaos is f---ing crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK. I will do everything I can to stop this film … Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go f--- themselves."
The bassist also revealed that a Norwegian company called Motion Blur has the rights to the story and that he's been spending time collaborating on a script for the film.
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