After completing initial sessions for the Flaming Lips' new album, frontman Wayne Coyne has decided to become an alien. According the band's official Web site, the Oklahoma native is devoting time bet

After completing initial sessions for the Flaming Lips' new album, frontman Wayne Coyne has decided to become an alien. According the band's official Web site, the Oklahoma native is devoting time between studio sessions to getting his film off the ground. Described as a "futuristic Christmas narrative," the as-yet-untitled project will feature Coyne as "some kind of alien," while Lips cohort Steven Drozd will star.

Christmas has long been a fascination of Coyne's, as the band made "White Christmas" a staple of its live set last winter, and had hoped to record a holiday album with an all-star cast of vocalists, including Bjork and Madonna. Plans for that album, however, have been scrapped for the time being. The same fate, of course, is entirely possible for Coyne's film, as a spokesperson for the group notes the band "has a tendency to talk about ideas way before they can ever come to fruition." The group is trying to secure funding for the project.

Coyne is looking to make the film with the help of Brad Beesley, who directed the Lips' bio-short, "The Flaming Lips Have Landed," as well as recent fishing documentary titled "Okie Noodling," which featured a score by the Lips. There are currently no plans to release the "Okie Noodling" songs commercially, although a limited number of EPs were given away at a screening in March in Austin, Texas.

The Lips have already recorded four tracks for the new studio album, which is likely to be released in late 2002. Songs currently being worked on include "Are You a Hypnotist?" "It's Summertime," "Syrtis Major" and "Utopia Planitia," the site reports. The band is recording the album in New York with longtime producer David Fridmann..