As anybody who’s ever seen his ketamine fuelled iPhone-shot oddity The Wrong Ferrari will attest, Adam Green behind the camera is like being in the freakier corners of Wayne Coyne’s mind after a week on the bad powders.
The East Village’s most enduring oddity has been working on the follow-up film since 2014, and according to reports, it’s much more of a well thought out affair than …Ferrari. Indeed, aside from starring in and writing the production’s entire soundtrack – which he’ll also tour – Green has even made all the props, from tables to the camel.
Bip Ling, Zoe Kravitz, Har Mar Superstar and a host of other buddies have roles, alongside the recently reinstated crown prince of NYC himself, Macaulay Culkin. If the track in the trailer below is anything to go by, at the very least we’ve got a great Green album on our hands.
Courtesy of Noisey, here’s what he has to say about the project:
“Ciao Paesanos, It’s your old folk-singing friend Adam Green! If you’ve wondered why you haven’t seen me around lately snorting rails in your local bathroom stalls, it’s because I’ve been working on the creative project of a lifetime called Adam Green’s Aladdin.
“It’s my own version of Aladdin wherein the lamp is a 3D printer, the princess is a decadent socialite like a Kardashian, and the planet gets a sex change. It’s a feature film, it’s a soundtrack album, it’s a massive NYC community art-project, and it’s going to be a world tour that will begin in spring of this year!
“The movie is set entirely inside a papier-mâché world. Filmed in a massive Brooklyn warehouse, we constructed a papier-mâché painted universe where real actors could act as if they were inside a real-life cartoon. The goal was to make a sort of Wizard of Oz out of cardboard. We constructed 500 props and 30 rooms all out of phone books, newspapers, glue, and house-paint. In a way it felt like we were constructing an analogue version of the internet.
“There’s a lot of incredible actors and musicians that you will recognize in the film. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Bip Ling, and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development). The great painter Francesco Clemente plays the Genie. Comic genius Jack Dishel plays TWO of the main characters! As well, you will see many NYC musicians including Devendra Banhart, Andrew Van Wyngarden, Rodrigo Amarante, Regina Spektor, Zoe Kravitz, and Har Mar Superstar all acting in this movie!
“In the upcoming months I’ll be getting you guys more info about when the Aladdin album is gonna come out, how you can see this damn movie, and when I will be coming to your town on the Aladdin tour. And I wanted to formally announce the project today by sharing with you guys a little 60 second announcement with some clips from the movie so you can start to see what is going on inside my brain these days!! I’m so excited for 2016 and to put this out! Thanks 4 reading x AG”
Here’s a cast list:
Har Mar Superstar
Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT)
Zoe Kravitz (Lolawolf)
Rodrigo Amarante (Little Joy)
Binki Shapiro (Little Joy)
Toby Goodshank (Moldy Peaches)
Alix Brown (Bass Bosco Del Rey)
Chris Egan (Drummer Solange, Blood Orange)
Macaulay Culkin (Pizza Underground)
Parker Kindred (Drummer Jeff Buckley, Joan As Policewoman)
Matt Hitt (Drowners)
Michael Cummings (Skaters)
Penn Badgely (MXTHR)
Devon Church (Exit Music)
Lyla Vander (Bad Girlfriend)
Jack Dishel (Only Son, Moldy Peaches)