The band's movie looks at the celebration of the first Christmas on Mars, even though mankind looks doomed...

FLAMING LIPS have published a selection of photographs from their forthcoming movie about the first Christmas on Mars on their official website.

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

Now, on the band’s official website at www.flaminglips.com, it is possible to see a selection of early photographs taken by the band and crew during the project’s production.

To see the pictures, click here.

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

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 has wants to play a Martian, who people “just sort of think he’s this crazy guy who’s green”.