Ministry are heading into the not-so-distant future for their next project — an appearance in the Steven Spielberg film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” due to arrive on June 29.
The Alain Jourgensen-fronted outfit filmed its scenes for “A.I.,” a sci-fi flick set in the middle of the 21st century starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law, on location in San Diego last October, according to reps for both the film and the band.
Ministry perform a new song, titled “What About Us?,” in their “A.I.” scene, and a studio version of the track will be featured on the compilation LP Ministry’s Greatest Fits, due out on June 19.
Few other details about Ministry’s “A.I.” performance were available from the Warner Bros. film division (which is co-producing the movie with DreamWorks SKG), though a source close to the production said Jourgensen was decked out in a metallic-colored suit and cowboy hat for the concert sequences.
Jourgensen’s guitar also got the high-tech treatment, the source said, as the instrument was equipped with a small monitor that showed images of the frontman’s face as they were captured by a mini-camera fitted around his neck.
“A.I.” follows the journey of a child robot, played by Osment, who gets caught up in the futuristic struggles between man and sentient machines in the mid-21st century. Ministry’s performance is said to take place during an anti-robot rally referred to in the film as a “Flesh Fair,” according to the movie’s reps.
“What About Us?” marks the first new material Ministry have served up since their 1999 album, Dark Side of the Spoon, and the song will also lead off the 13-track Greatest Fits compilation.
Other tracks slated for Ministry’s Greatest Fits — which collects songs from albums dating back to 1988’s The Land of Rape and Honey — include “Stigmata,” “The Land of Rape and Honey,” “Thieves,” “So What (Live),” “N.W.O.,” “Just One Fix,” “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” “Reload (12″ Version),” their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” “Supermanic Soul,” “Bad Blood,” and a Ministry cover of Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut” that Jourgensen originally recorded with his 1000 Homo DJ’s side project.