Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed “greatest band on Earth,” is headed to the big screen thanks to a deal with New Line Cinema. Actor/comedian/rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass — the duo that makes up “the D” — will star in the film, to be directed by Liam Lynch. Black, Gass, and Lynch will also write the script, with Black and Gass producing as well. The studio is in negotiations with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films to produce in some capacity.
The specific story line of the “Tenacious D” film is being kept under wraps, but it is said to be a “creation” story revolving around how the duo became the greatest band on Earth.
New Line production president Toby Emmerich and executive VP Richard Brener are overseeing the project for the studio. “I spent five years working in the record business, and I’m a sucker for a great music story, let alone a great comedy — which is exactly what this is,” Emmerich said. “I see this movie falling somewhere between ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘This Is Spinal Tap.'”
Originated as a comedy club act in the early 1990s, Tenacious D has developed a strong cult following during the past few years. The duo released its self-titled Epic debut album in 2001, has toured regularly, and took its act to the small screen in a 1999 HBO series.
In addition to his Tenacious D work, Black has starred in such films as “Shallow Hal,” “Orange County,” and the upcoming Paramount comedy “School of Rock.” Gass has appeared in such feature films as “The New Guy,” “Shallow Hal,” and “Evolution.”
Lynch, who will make his feature debut on the film, directed the video for the Tenacious D song “Tribute.” He also directed the television series “The Sifl & Olly Show.”