Nick Cave, Thastrom Animated Series ‘Before They Were Gods’ In The Works – The Hollywood Reporter


Nick Cave is getting the animated TV treatment, but in a somewhat unusual way that seems to suit the iconic Aussie rocker.

The legendary frontman of Bad Seeds and Birthday Party, alongside Swedish rock star Thåström, has lent his support to a new series from award-winning Swedish director/screenwriter Måns Mårlind (Midnight Sun, The bridge) and animation company Brokendoll.

Before being gods, which is being developed by Banijay’s famous Swedish production company Yellow Bird, is set in a fantasy world, in which the two musicians were close friends at the age of 14, before becoming major rock gods. Presented as a story of friendship, the series sees the two in search of the ultimate truth, eternal beauty, and cheap wine. Sometimes they find it, but most of the time they don’t. Still there, near them both, is the promise of endless love in the form of the mysterious and beautiful Linnea they fell deeply in love with.

In Before being gods, Cave and Thåström speak like idealistic adults, with speech described as bordering on the philosophical. Thåström is written as a tough, political, succinctly speaking existentialist, while Cave is the opposite, a struggling Dionysian agnostic and romantic dreamer swimming in words. It takes place in Sweden, but all dialogue is in English.

“It’s a dream project that literally came to me in a dream”, Mårlind. “While I slept, I watched two of my musical heroes as young teenagers, drinking cheap beer while chatting about love and the meaning of life. I woke up writing and I have been trying to catch up with them ever since.

Said Cave: “Since I had never been to Sweden in 1971 and never met Thåström, I’m obviously intrigued to find out what we never did.”

Thåström added, “I always wanted to be a cartoon hero.”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are currently on a 34-date tour of key cities including London, Berlin, Helsinki, Zagreb, Gothenburg and Paris. His last movie, what i know to be truedirected by Andrew Dominik, hit cinemas around the world in May, following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Thåström, who like Cave was also born in 1957, played in Sweden’s most famous punk band Ebba Grön, new wave band Imperiet and industrial band Peace, Love and Pitbulls, and last year released his tenth titled album Dom som flayer (Those who radiate). He recently completed a sold-out tour across Scandinavia and will be a special guest of The Rolling Stones in Stockholm in July.

“Cool and darkly funny, Before being gods will be a unique feel-good animation series for the international market,” said Stefan Baron, CEO of Yellow Bird, which is behind international hits including the Millennium Trilogy, Young Wallander, Rebecca Martinson, Headhunters, Busy and Backström. “Måns Mårlind is leading the creative charge, and with the full support of legendary rock stars Nick Cave and Thåström, this should be an authentic adventure, with a killer soundtrack and storyline to draw in audiences around the world.”

Added Arvid Steen, Creative Director at Brokendoll (Looking for Sugarman, His, The centenarian who came out the window): “Creating a believable art style for adult animation is the holy grail for any animator trying to innovate. de Cave and Thåström is the perfect way to do it.


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