Who knew Grammy-winning French musical duo Daft Punk were huge fans of Italy’s legendary thriller maestro Dario Argento?
Variety reported this week that the pair would be scoring Occhiali Neri (“Black Glasses”), Argento’s next feature, as the director revealed in an interview with Italian magazine Repubblica. It would seem the band loves Argento’s films so much, they approached him about the gig.
“They are my admirers, they know all my cinema,” Argento said in the interview, which Variety quoted from an English translation in The Film Stage. “They heard from French friends that I was shooting a new film and called me… ‘We want to work with you.’” He mentioned the pair told him they found his new script one of his “most interesting.”
“It will be my return to crime films,” Argento said about Black Glasses. “It’s the adventure, in nocturnal Rome, of a Chinese girl and child. In the second part, the escape takes them into the rocky, bushy countryside of Lazio.”
Black Glasses will be Daft Punk’s second soundtrack project after their critically-acclaimed score for Tron: Legacy, and their first studio album since 2013’s Random Access Memories. As for Argento, the film will mark his first feature since 2012’s poorly-received Dracula 3D, and his return to the giallo genre — for which he first gained fame in the 1970s with classics like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), before plunging into supernatural horror with the original Suspiria in 1977.
The band is reportedly working on the first score cues based on the script alone, since the production of Black Glasses is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once travel restrictions have been lifted, the band is planning to travel to Rome, where shooting is tentatively scheduled for this September.