"Western Stars," the film companion to Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album of the same name, was just bought by Warner Bros.
The film, which is co-directed by Springsteen, will be released on the big screen and will open in theaters this fall after its world premiere at theToronto International Film Festival next month.
The film will include archival footage along with Springsteen’s narration, and shows him performing all 13 songs on "Western Stars" with a a band and a full orchestra, in a nearly 100-year-old barn on the singer’s property.
The film was overseen by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny. He directed the Boss in "Springsteen on Broadway" (which ended up on Netflix) and "Bruce Springsteen: Hunter of Invisible Game" (2014). Zimny won a Grammy Award for "Wings on Wheels: The Making of Born to Run" (2005).
Another Springsteen movie, "Blinded by Light," a jukebox musical of the star's greatest hits, opens today, distributed by Warner Bros.' New Line label. An exclusive first look at “Western Stars” will run before "Blinded by the Light."
Besides being the subject of several documentaries, Springsteen has written a number of original songs for films. He won an Oscar for "Best Original Song" for "Streets of Philadelphia" from "Philadelphia" and was nominated for the title track from "Dead Man Walking."