If you think Tool's new epic, evocative Lateralus sounds like the futuristic soundtrack to a mind-blowing film, you're not alone. The bandmembers are as interested in presenting their art visually as musically, and they're thinking about creating a full-length Tool movie in the vein of Pink Floyd's "The Wall."
"Pink Floyd are our heroes, and we'd totally love to do something on that level, but in our own way," guitarist Adam Jones said. "We've been talking about that, and the people we've met with have the kind of pull to get it done."
The biggest obstacle, of course, is money. "It's so hard to find someone who's willing to invest in a project like this," he explained. "So much of what we do is based on experimentation, and if you're trying to get money from people to make a film, they want to know exactly what it's going to look like, how many frames you're going to shoot, how many people you're going to work with and what the budget is going to be. And to me, it's not that concrete. [Making a film should be] more like jamming and writing music."
Jones speaks from experience. Before he was in Tool, he worked as a Hollywood special effects designer on movies including "Jurassic Park," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," and he has shot and overseen the production of all the band's videos to date, including "Prison Sex," "Sober" and "Stinkfist."
Even if the band can't get a movie studio to fork over the cash, Tool might create something itself and release it on a smaller scale. "Who knows, maybe the next Tool record will be a cool DVD with a whole film and soundtrack involved in it," vocalist Maynard James Keenan said. "That's a possibility. This whole [Tool] project has been about not limiting ourselves."
(To voice your opinion on Lateralus and submit questions for possible use in a Tool interview, check out "Tool Return To Record Stores: What's Your Verdict?")