Although we'd prefer he keep his eye on the Foo Fighters ball, Dave Grohl has
taken some time out from his gig as leader of that band to compose the score to
Touch, the latest adaptation of an Elmore (Get Shorty) Leonard
novel to hit the screen.
Although the soundtrack (co-produced by Barrett
Jones, who also produced the Foo's debut) is still unfinished, the film will
feature a score written by Grohl, who sings on a pair of new songs. Grohl also
brought in some outside help--Veruca Salt's Louise Post--who sings and co-wrote
the title track with Grohl and X's John Doe, who did the same duty on a song
called "The Loving Thing."
Like the Foo's debut, the soundtrack will be
released on Roswell/Capitol, the former being Grohl's imprint. The movie opens
in select markets on Feb. 14, and the soundtrack is scheduled to hit stores two
weeks later, on Feb. 25.
The film, which stars current It boy Skeet
Ulrich, Gena Gershon, Bridget Fonda, Christopher Walken, Janeane Garafalo and
the very unfunny Tom Arnold is the latest a series of Hollywood movies dealing
with angels and the supernatural, which, if we remember correctly, were
supposed to be all the rage...three years ago.
A spokesperson at MGM
described the plot as involving a Franciscan monk named Juvenal (Ulrich) "who
comes to L. A. to work at a rehab center and suddenly develops the gift of
healing accompanied by stigmata."
Well, as you can imagine, word of his
gifts gets out and it's not too long before folks like the wayward Walken, a
former preacher and current RV salesman looking for a ticket back to "selling
god instead of RV's," and Arnold, the leader of a fanatical church, get in on
the action and try to join the media circus swirling around poor Juvie.
The movie was written and directed by Paul Schrader (who wrote Taxi
Driver and Last Temptation of Christ) and marks Depp-alike Ulrich's
first starring role after a series of bit parts in movies like Boys and
None of Grohl's Foo mates are anywhere to be found on the
project. The second Foo record is nearing completion and is still slated for a
late spring/early summer release.