Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein is writing and set to direct a music biopic based on the 1980s Seattle rock band, Heart. The film is being developed at Amazon Studios.
Heart formed in the 1970s and were led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. The band rose to fame in the late 1970s with music influenced by hard rock and folk, which led to their debut album Dreamboat Annie, which contained the songs “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You”. The latter has been featured in multiple films such as Captain Marvel, The Virgin Suicides, and Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle.
They had a brief decline in the early 80s before a comeback that lasted into the mid-90s. The band has sold over 35 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Brownstein’s involvement makes total sense, as she first rose to fame as a member of punk band Excuse 17, before forming Sleater-Kinney, who have released nine albums and have been praised as one of the essential rock bands of the early 2000s.
So this should be a great match. Although Brownstein has dabbled in directing before, helming episodes of Mrs. Fletcher and Shrill, it will be cool to see her helm a feature film and really be able to put her stamp on a story about a band that surely meant a lot to her. Those that only know her from Portlandia are likely about to see a very different side of the multi-talented performer.