The apparently recession-proof David Byrne has landed yet another gig scoring the upcoming film This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn. The film is Italian director Paolo Sorentino's (2008's Cannes-favorite Il Divo) English-language debut. Considering the association with Byrne, the title could be a reference to the Talking Heads song "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)."
The film features Penn as a "middle-aged wealthy rock star bored in his retirement, who takes on the quest of finding his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S."
Dunno about you, but that definitely makes me think of an ode to a lamp.
Byrne has put in plenty of time scoring television and film. Recently, his notes have popped up on HBO's Big Love and David Mackenzie's 2003 film Lead Us Not Into Temptation (Young Adam). He also worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su on Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. And, of course, the song "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" was itself used in Oliver Stone's Wall Street.
This Must Be The Place looks interesting as it also stars Frances McDormand as Penn's wife and Toni Servillo, an alum from Il Divo. As of now, the film has a 2011 release date.
I know, you're all actually thinking: great, another way to goof up my Google searches of the Talking Heads.