New Jonas Åkerlund film "Small Apartments" to feature soundtrack by Per Gessle
As Per Gessle revealed today on Facebook, the songs he's recently written and recorded for a "soundtrack" are for Jonas Åkerlund's new movie "Small Apartments." Read the message by the man himself:
Yes Box Alright! I've done the soundtrack, based on the Son of a Plumber vibe, for Jonas Åkerlund's new movie "Small Apartments". The music has been recorded at the AGM Studio and as expected the mighty Mr Lundquist & Mr Ofwerman have been the cornerstones. The film? Well, it's a "dark comedy" (based on the S.A. novel) starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan and Peter Stormare in the leading parts. And yes, it's a wonderful movie. And yes, there will be a soundtrack. And yes, we have to release it on vinyl as well. I'm really proud to be part of this. Cheers, P. (P.S. Jonas is God.)
The novel this movie is based upon was written by American writer Chris Millis in 2001. He has adapted the screenplay and is the executive producer of the movie. Here's the blurb for the book:
Small Apartments is the offbeat tale of an obese, slovenly peeping tom, his odd brother, his pothead neighbour, and their quest to hide the body of an unfortunate landlord. The story is accented along the way by murder, strange fingernail collections and the occasional blast from a treasured alphorn.
Another soundtrack Per Gessle has contributed to in the past was that for the 2008 movie "Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In)". In this movie, you can hear parts of the still officially unreleased song "Kvar i min bil (Left in My Car)".
Chris Millis is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, cartoonist, and best-selling celebrity collaborator. His first novel, Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, which Playboy Magazine called "a coffee-fueled, plot-weaving, literary juggernaut." Canada's prestigious Globe and Mail said of Small Apartments: "brisk and compact ... surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious study in goofy pathos."
Purchase the prize-winning Small Apartments Kindle ebook here, or the Barnes & Noble Nook ebook here.
Millis adapted the screenplay and is Executive Producer on the film directed by Jonas Akerlund and starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, Dolph Lundgren, Juno Temple, Peter Stormare, James Marsden, Amanda Plummer, Saffron Burrows, David Koechner, David Warshofsky, Rebel Wilson, Rosie Perez, and many more. The film made its World Premiere in March 2012 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin and was a huge hit with audiences and (some) critics. Read The Hollywood Reporter review here.
Millis's second novel, God & Californiawas optioned in manuscript format byLionsgate Films. Chris also adapted that screenplay and "Small Apartments" director, Jonas Akerlund, is attached to direct. God & California, a deeply philosophical, dark comic tale about a wounded army veteran and a priapic, defrocked Catholic priest on a road trip across America in a pink, Cadillac Eldorado convertible -- breaking all 10 Commandments in a quest to speak with God was released in Summer 2014 by The Vermont Press.
Millis has published thousands of his drawings and ideas in books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, and on toys. His illustrated books include An American Bestiary, by former senator, presidential candidate, and poet-statesman, Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005), and the children's book, A Clam Named Sam, by New England author and conservationist Lee DeVitt. The Washington Post has lauded Millis's illustration style as "zany."
Millis holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont (click here for Chris’s interview on the Goddard web site) and a B.A. in Studio Art from S.U.N.Y Buffalo State College. Along the way, Millis has worked as an art director, daily editorial cartoonist, editor, sportswriter, and hot dog vendor on the hardscrabble streets of Buffalo, NY.
With several original screenplays in development and a steady schedule of rewrite projects, Millis has kept a foot in the book world by doing celebrity book collaborations. Some have his name on them, some don't. Bottom line is: he wishes he was writing his third novel right now. Even though he's confident very few people would read it.
Chris is represented by Objective Entertainment (NYC) for Literature, Film and Television. Contact his manager, Ian Kleinert, at email@example.com or call 212-431-5454.