The film will be about "the first Christmas on Mars"...

FLAMING LIPS have taken a break from recording their new album so singer WAYNE COYNE can develop ideas for his first film.

According to a posting on the band’s official website, [url=]www.flaminglips.com, the film will be about “the first Christmas on Mars”, and is a “futuristic Christmas fairytale”.

In the film, Coyne is set to appear as a Martian, while the other members of the band are also expected to make cameo appearances.

The band have spent the last few months working on material which will form the basis for their new album. Four tracks are currently in various stages of completion, with working titles of ‘Are You A Hypnotist?’, ‘It’s Summertime’, ‘Syrtis Major’ and ‘Utopia Planitia’.