Following reports that Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst had auditioned for the leading role in the most recent Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which tells the story of a young folk singer, Oberst himself has revealed that he wrote his own screenplay, about the Monsters Of Folk.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Desaparecidos mastermind shared an anecdote about the six months he spent writing about his folk supergroup, which featured My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and M Ward, describing it as “an allegory about how the Internet is destroying humanity.”
The project eventually “fizzled,” joining the ranks of failed musician-led film projects like We Can Do This, the surrealist coming-of-age cowboy tale co-written by Where The Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze and the members of legendary New York hip-hop crew, the Beastie Boys.
According to the interview, Oberst is currently working on his upcoming “country-flavored” solo album, which is being recorded in Nashville with producer Jonathan Wilson, and will reportedly revolve around the theme of “settling down and finding solace after emotional turmoil.”
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