RACE FOR THE PRIZE LOCATIONS

The band want ideas for singer Wayne Coyne's debut flick about the first Christmas on Mars...

FLAMING LIPS are appealing to fans to help find locations for the debut film by singer WAYNE COYNE.

As previoulsy reported on NME.COM, the singer is developing his first film, while taking time out from recording of the band’s new album. The project is said to be about the first Christmas on Mars.

Now, on a posting on the band’s official website, at www.flaminglips.com, the band have asked fans to e-mail any ideas for where filming could take place later in the summer.

Any possible locations, preferably in Oklahoma, should be mailed to FLipsFans@aol.com.

Speaking previously, Coyne said that the film is set in the future, and Mars, which has recently been colonised, has gone into decline, leaving its residents trapped on the planet.

He said: “They’re in the process of converting the spaceships that took them there into a place to live in and that process doesn’t go too smoothly. The whole thing ends up very dilapidated, very un-futuristic. There’s an element of confidence among the scientists, but the overall view is that things seem kind of doomed.

“None of this stops the colonists from celebrating their first Christmas up there. The hype they’ve added to this Mars mission is that this beautiful woman is giving birth to this sort of artificial impregnation from this bubble that she wears on her stomach, which is the way infants are gonna be born in the future. It’s all scientifically timed so she gives birth to this baby the second it hits midnight on Christmas. So it’s symbolically the beginning of a new civilisation. But instead of being born from religious ideas it’s born from a science idea.”

In the film, Coyne wants to play a Martian, who people think is “just sort of think he’s this crazy guy who’s green”.

Coyne concluded by saying that the film is intended to be “real drama” and not “something silly”.