Guest, Levy Sets Their Sights On Folk
On the heels of the wildly acclaimed comedies "Best in Show" (2000) and "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy are teaming again to write an as-yet-untitled feature film aboutOn the heels of the wildly acclaimed comedies "Best in Show" (2000) and "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy are teaming again to write an as-yet-untitled feature film about the world of folk music that Guest will direct. Shooting will begin in the spring in Los Angeles. Guest, Levy, Harry Shearer and "Best" cast member Michael McKean will write original material for the film, and all four will take roles in the ensemble project.
"It deals with three folk acts that get together for a memorial concert at Carnegie Hall because a famous legendary folk manager has died," Guest says. "These acts were active in the '60s but have been out of the business since the early '70s. They must now travel to New York to honor this man who has died and play the concert."
"There'll be lots of music and we'll have original songs with everybody actually playing and singing," Guest added. "It'll be the same basic cast you saw in 'Guffman' and 'Best in Show,' with some additional people."
Guest, Shearer, and McKean are veterans of Spinal Tap, the English heavy metal group famously spoofed in the 1984 film "This Is Spinal Tap." The group has infrequently slipped back into character for live performances, most recently pairing with Tenacious D in December for a Los Angeles benefit concert.
The trio has also had some fun with the folk idiom in the past, having opened some recent Spinal Tap shows dressed up as the Folksmen, a Kingston Trio-ish group that first appeared in 1992 home video "Return of Spinal Tap."