MARS STAR!

We're going to try and pretend we know what Wayne Coyne's banging on about...

FLAMING LIPS vocalist WAYNE COYNE has said his debut film about the first Christmas on Mars will “hint at some sort of childlike magic” while remaining “tragic and realistic”.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the singer is developing his first film, while taking time out from recording of the band’s new album.

Now, speaking to Rolling Stone in the US, Coyne has revealed the plot. He 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 this crazy guy who’s green”.

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

He added: “I want even people who have no idea who the Flaming Lips are to watch it and feel some empathy for the characters. It’s like all the Christmas-type movies that hint at some sort of childlike magic and at the same time try to be tragic and realistic.”

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