One of the films will examine the making of those three LPs (Uno!, Dos! and Tre!), while the other is being pieced together from vintage footage of the group way back in the day, before their 1994 breakout, Dookie. The docs are the work of filmmaker Tim Lynch, who co-produced the complimentary DVD for the live album Bullet in a Bible, and Tim Wheeler, a co-producer of The White Stripes Under the Great White Northern Lights.
“It’s not going to be the sitting down, head shot of me going, ‘We started out blah blah blah’,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Billboard. “We wanted to get into lifestyles of rock & roll and playing rock & roll and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist [history].”
According to Armstrong, “the two Tims” have been shooting rehearsals, recording sessions and live performances for the last year and a half, and will continue to film the group as they prep for tour and festival dates in Japan and Europe. The hope, say executives at Green Day’s label, Warner Bros., is to get the making-of documentary finished for a possible premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
According to Billboard the group is also reuniting with video director Sam Bayer, who’s been behind the clips for “American Idiot,” “Jesus of Suburbia,” and others, as well as the Bullet in a Bible live DVD.
The first title of Green Day’s upcoming album trilogy, Uno!, drops September 25th, with a single, “Oh Love,” set for digital release on July 16th. In a recent chat with Rolling Stone Armstrong said of the three records: “The songs just kept coming, kept coming. I’d go, ‘Maybe a double album? No, that’s too much nowadays.’ Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: ‘Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it’s Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?'”