Netflix is reportedly fast-tracking a deal for the first official Kiss biopic, with the full cooperation of co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Although still unannounced officially, Deadline reported the film, titled, Shout It Out Loud, will be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Ronning — best known for Kon-Tiki, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script will be written by Ole Sanders.
Deadline posted about the film: “The band’s concert-arena anthems will be a big part of this, but the film will focus on that duo going back to when they were two misfit kids from Queens who formed an unlikely friendship, starting Kiss after enlisting guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Trying to set themselves apart from the 'hair' bands of the day, they accented their power chords and pyrotechnics with makeup. At heart, their formative story is in the vein of The Commitments, if that Irish soul band employed makeup and spiked heels.”
Gene Simmons told us that a Kiss concert provides everything that good entertainment should: “It’s uplifting, there’s nothing negative — we don’t do political commentary. There are enough problems in the world without guys that wear more makeup and higher heels than your mom waxing poetic and prolific on all sorts of issues. They shouldn’t. We make you forget about the traffic jam, and the fight you had with your girlfriend, and, like all the other things, just ‘magic time’ — ‘electric church.'”