Variety first reported on the project, which is currently in production. The article quotes Haynes as referring to the difficulty of the task, considering that there’s not a lot of documentation of the band.
There is, however, an hour long movie of a 1966 rehearsal that Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey filmed. The documentary will “Rely certainly on Warhol films but also a rich culture of experimental film, a vernacular we have lost and we don’t have,” Haynes told Variety.
It’s not the first time Haynes has looked to music history for film subjects. In 2007, he directed I’m Not There, the Bob Dylan biopic that starred Cate Blanchett, and his 1998 Velvet Goldmine was an ode to glam rock featuring a David Bowie- inspired protagonist.
But his untitled Velvet Underground project will be the independent filmmaker's first documentary in earnest, complete with new interviews of the surviving band members and archival footage.
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