EXCLUSIVE: Mamma mia, Bruce Dickinson is starring in a new horror movie.
The Iron Maiden singer has signed on to star in Bjorn of the Dead, which centers around an ABBA tribute band who find themselves, along with various other tribute acts, trapped in a nightclub at the start of the apocalypse. Bjorn and his band must work together to save themselves, humanity, and the future of music.
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The film comes from director Elza Kephart (Slaxx) and was written by co-producer Austin Dickinson, based on an original story by Andrew Prendergast, who produces, and Austin Dickinson.
In addition to Bruce Dickinson, the film will have various cameos from the world of rock and heavy metal.
Raven Banner will handle worldwide sales for the film, which is slated for production in 2024, and the company’s Michael Paszt, James Fler, and Andrew T. Hunt will exec produce.
The horror comedy is set in the world of tribute bands. Bjorn, lead singer in Abbatoir, and his band mates Benny, Anni-Frid, and Agnetha spend their weekends covering Abba classics at a variety of increasingly depressing venues, from old folks’ homes to empty pub back rooms. It’s a grind and the band is ready to call it a day when Benny, the band’s oldest and most needy member, hears of a Battle Of The Bands competition for tribute bands at The Niney Dimey.
As the band arrives to load in their gear, things begin to go awry rather quickly. A disturbance in the main room of the venue rapidly gets out of control forcing Bjorn and his band to take cover backstage. Some of the other bands are injured from the fracas outside, injuries which soon present a problem when the wounded begin to metamorphose into bloodthirsty undead.
Prendergast said, “We are thrilled to be making this blood-drenched gore fest from Austin’s super funny, terrifying, cautionary tale about the inner workings of the music industry.”
“I’m absolutely honored to be working with Raven Banner on this crazy adventure,” added Austin Dickinson. “Andrew, Elza, and myself can’t wait for you guys to see what’s in store. Get your spandex on, preen your wigs, and sharpen your axes. Bjorn is coming.”
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