The release date, tracklist and artwork for the soundtrack has yet to be revealed.
On making the announcement, Chris Murphy, chairman and founder of Petrol Records, and creative director and global strategist for INXS explains: “Their legacy is growing every day, and a new generation of fans from around the world are discovering INXS through streaming. We are entering an exciting period of rediscovery of their legacy and a reassessment of their place in music history.”
News of a fresh documentary project and soundtrack follows the 20th anniversary of Hutchence’s untimely death, on Nov. 22, 1997, aged 37.
Though INXS has welcomed a string of singers into the band over the past two decades, the classic lineup remains unbeatable. A two-part Australia-made docuseries, Never Tear Us Apart, from 2014, breathed new life into the group's career and saw INXS' catalogue return to the top of the charts in their homeland, breaking records along the way.
Murphy adds: “There will be many insights revealed about Michael’s life and his music, which will create interesting conversations. Movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born remind us of the extraordinary contributions that are made to popular culture when movies and music are creatively intertwined, and I am proud to say Mystify will be another great example.”
It’s a busy time for Murphy and Petrol as the veteran entrepreneur continues his work on the INXS X Building, a gallery of the band’s memorabilia in northern New South Wales. The initiative, according to Petrol, will also be an incubator for new talent, start-ups and established businesses within the arts and technology sectors.
Last year, Giles Martin came on board as creative director, a new role that handed creative reins to the British-born producer, composer and arranger on all audio aspects of INXS’ plans, including musicals and movies and the reissue of their studio albums. Those LPs will be repackaged, remixed and expanded for release through Universal Music Group (UMG) in partnership with Petrol Records.