The sordid history of black metal has long fascinated headbangers and outsiders alike. More than just a lo-fi genre of extreme music, it was thought of by its ardent practitioners as a movement — and, like most movements founded upon ill-advised and/or xenophobic ideals, it eventually turned violent. Vice Films, Insurgent Media and 20th Century Fox are bringing black metal’s most infamous story to the screen with “Lords of Chaos,” an adaptation of the book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind.
Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Valter Skarsgård and Sky Ferreira are set to star in the film, which is being co-written and directed by Jonas Åkerlund. “Lords of Chaos” will center around Mayhem, a Norwegian black metal band involved in a spate of highly publicized church burnings whose infighting eventually led to a murder. “This is a wildly freaky story that our audience has been obsessed with for years,” said Vice’s Danny Gabai, “and Jonas’ brilliantly imaginative take on it is simultaneously one of the most uniquely entertaining and beautifully humanistic scripts we’ve seen in a long time.”
Åkerlund is a founding member of Bathory, one of the first black metal bands, and has directed dozens of music videos — including, most recently, segments of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” Vice previously produced the short documentary “True Norwegian Black Metal” in 2007.