Devo is getting a documentary feature. simply titled DevoThe film will be directed by Chris Smith (american movie, Fire, tiger king), and BMG, Fremantle Documentaries and Warner Music Entertainment are on board as executive producers. It marks the first fully authorized film about the new wave group.
Using a mix of interviews and archival material, Devo will explore the formation of the group in the aftermath of the Kent State massacre, Devo’s years as outsiders on the music scene, their breakout moment with “Whip It” and the loyal fandom they have maintained. The film is currently in production.
In a statement, Smith explained why he was forced to direct the documentary, saying: “Devo was a huge influence on me. His approach to music, film, video and art was something I had never seen before and was one of the truly formative artistic influences that showed me that there were whole new ways of looking at things.”
In both 2022 and 2021, Devo was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His illustrious story was told in a set of books, entitled The brand and unmaskedback in 2018, too.