Both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, founding members of the legendary group, are on board to produce the project and will be closely associated with it.
Deadline reports the Shout It Out Loud film, which will involve “The band’s concert-arena anthems,” and also:
“focus on that duo going back to when they were two misfit kids from Queens who formed an unlikely friendship, starting KISS after enlisting guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Trying to set themselves apart from the “hair” bands of the day, they accented their power chords and pyrotechnics with makeup.”
Shout It Out Loud will be driven by stories of the pair’s formative years as misfit kids in the New York borough of Queens, and how their unlikely friendship lead to the formation of KISS, alongside Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Shout It Out Loud is set to be directed by Joachim Ronning. The filmmaker’s previous credits include Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Ole Sanders wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, with William Blake Herron writing an earlier version.
Though no other suitors were named, it is said that Netflix is finalizing the deal for Shout It Out Loud after a bidding war went down for the movie.
Given that Netflix is spending $17 billion on original content in 2021 alone, it seems their deep pockets once again won the day.
KISS has been active since 1973. Their breakout live album Alive! catapulted them to superstardom. In the years since the band has sold more than 100 million albums and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are currently in the middle of a farewell tour.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as further details on Shout It Out Loud is made available.