In his advanced age, Werner Herzog has taken on the type of conventional project that he probably would’ve shirked in his earlier hell-raising days. But his newest film may cause the partisans in your Advanced German Film Studies class to sputter with confusion: In conjunction with American Express, Herzog will direct a live concert webcast for The Killers, who are due to release their newest album on the same day as the stream. (That’s September 18, for all you avid calendar markers.)
Other big directors have done the concert series—Arcade Fire with Terry Gilliam, John Legend and The Roots with Spike Lee—but none of them have Herzog’s idiosyncratic reputation. “He has ideas for someone crowd-surfing with a camera on,” Killers bassist Mark Stoermer told Rolling Stone. “He’s gonna put cameras on Ronnie [Vannucci, Jr.] while he’s playing drums.” (Other ideas: The band will play in a boat that Herzog has dragged over a mountain, the band will invite some monkeys on stage, the band will smoke enough drugs to hallucinate iguanas while they rock on.) It might not get as weird as some of his movies, but it should be worth checking out.