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Writer-director Edgar Wright is best known for his comedic projects, like the TV show Spaced (1999-2001) and films including Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013).

Then last year he broke into the action genre with the fast-paced film Baby Driver, starring Ansel Elgort.

Now, he’s going a step further to change things up and making a rockumentary. His subject? Cult pop-rock band Sparks. He’s currently “scouring the archives,” and back in May he shot new footage of the band at a London concert, reports IndieWire.

He posted a photo from the packed house via Instagram, captioning it with “What a night.”

Wright is a Sparks superfan, saying, “I have been fan of them since I saw them on Top of the Pops in 1979 — and when I had “Beat the Clock” on vinyl.”

The American band was formed in 1973 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. Russell is the rambunctious frontman and Ron plays it a little more straight-laced on the keyboard.

Over the years the brothers have taken breaks from performing as a band, like in the late 1980s and 1990s to explore filmmaking. But they’re back at it these days and released a new album, Hippopotamus, in 2017.

Here’s a peek at them back in the day:

And now:

This fan-made clip was filmed at the same London concert Wright documented.

Sparks may not be a household name these days, but that could all change when Wright’s film hits screens. And if this news has you clamoring to watch classic rockumentaries, we can help you out with that.

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Filed Under: Edgar Wright, Sparks
By Brigid Brown