During an exclusive interview with CBR, GOT co-creator DB Weiss shares the inspiration for heavy metal behind his latest film, Metal Lords.
Before DB Weiss co-created one of the most popular fantasy TV series in the world Game of Thrones, Weiss first stretched his creative muscles playing in rock bands when he was young. Writer and producer leaned into this difficult upbringing to write the script for Netflix Metal Masters, an adult story about two metalheads trying to bring heavy metal to the battle of their high school bands competition. Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) and Kevin (Knives out‘s Jaeden Martell) are the only two children in the school who I get what is metal. But all that changes when Kevin meets an Emily (Isis Hainsworth) who kills a cello, whom Hunter perceives as an immediate and “Yoko-like” threat to their newly formed band.
During an exclusive interview with CBR, DB Weiss leaned on what aspects of the film’s concept of creative collaborations emerged from UNDERSTOOD experiences and playing in bands growing up. It also bothered some of Metal Lords’ most metal – and amazing – cameos.
CBR: Μetal Lords It’s partly about how people come together through music, and then also about what it’s like to have a creative collaboration and how it can be difficult. ONEis someone who worked at HBO Game of Thrones with a long-term creative partner. How much of this movie came from that or from participating in bands?
DB Weiss: It’s funny because it came more from being in bands when I was the age of the series’ characters. But it is interesting. I never thought about it until you mentioned it now. But David [Benioff] and we were friends for a long time before we worked together. In the friendship of Hunter and Kevin – what we see them doing as the band practice at the beginning of the film is the first band rehearsal they have ever had – one of them is really ready for it. The other is not really ready for it. And so the idea that their band ends up working because their relationship precedes it comes in large part from my experience spending a lot of time making something, a lot of things, with someone who was your friend before they became a creative business partner.
I was not surprised when I saw that you wrote Metal Masters because everyone I have talked to who loves the kind of fantasy always he also loves heavy metal. They always talk about cult in lyrics – what does heavy metal mean to you?
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like Al that sounds crap to me, [laughs]
But yes, I like this music. I’ve always loved this music and it ‘s fun to make something for the things you love – especially when it’s something that’s not so many movies that touch on this material – maybe seriously the wrong word – that strongly touched this music. So I thought it was a little overcrowded and would be a fun, fresh place to explore in high school.
There are many Easter eggs here for heavy metal lovers. Without spoiling it, are there any that you are particularly proud of?
Just having the kids involved in the movie – the kids doing some cameo in the movie appearing and agreeing to spend time [with us on set]. They are busy people and have other things they could do. Or they could just watch TV on their couch. So letting them take a day off from the other things they do to come and be part of this love letter in what they made – is one of those moments where you want a time machine to say 15 your years -Old self that one day you will sit around a fake hot tub with this collection of men, commenting on what is supposed to happen in the fake hot tub.
Was there a specific heavy metal song you were listening to while writing? Metal Masters did that inspire you?
It was a really fun excuse to put together a bunch of old and new playlists and listen to things to get into the right headspace and give Metal 101 to the kids in the movie, who had invested a lot in music but had never really dealt with it. this kind of music before.
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