Justin Timberlake will team with director Jonathan Demme for a concert film that will capture the singer’s January 2nd performance from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, the final stop on the singer’s six-legged, 134-date 20/20 Experience World Tour. According to Entertainment Weekly, Demme will begin editing the still-untitled, independently financed concert film this fall.
“It’s very emotional, very exciting. It’s a space age music film,” Demme said of the performance. The director also compared Timberlake to a “funky” Fred Astaire and added, “There’s tremendous dancing in this piece. He’s got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance.”
The Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Demme is also a highly regarded visionary in the music world thanks to his pioneering 1984 Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Demme also partnered with Neil Young for a music film trilogy that featured 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Trunk Show and 2012’s Journeys and directed music videos for New Order (“The Perfect Kiss”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Murder Incorporated”). Recently, Demme helmed the music-driven drama Ricki and the Flash, which benefitted from Meryl Streep taking guitar lessons with Young.
Timberlake’s last concert film, FutureSex/LoveShow: Live from Madison Square Garden, premiered on HBO and was subsequently released on DVD/Blu-ray in November 2007. Demme told EW that he would seek a distribution deal for the 20/20 Experience Tour film upon completion.