Category: concept albums

Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' as a film? 10 albums seeking scripts

Cate Blanchette as Bob Dylan
A Brazilian production company has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan's landmark 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" for an English-language feature film, according to Variety, and considering the imagery of "Shelter From the Storm," "Buckets of Rain," "Idiot Wind" and "Tangled Up in Blue," there could be lot of bad weather up on the screen.

"Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans," one of the producers told Variety. Maybe they're on to something here -- we can think of 10 other classic albums we'd like to see on the big screen.

Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell": Operatic, overwrought and and catchy, this 1977 tapestry of sexed-up youth with no place to go could be "Hairspray" meets "SuperBad" ... or "Glee" with leather pants.  

Guns N’ Roses' "Appetite for Destruction": Starring Tilda Swinton as an androgynous Axl Rose lookalike named Mr. Brownstone and Sasha Baron Cohen as a Slash-headed transvestite named the Rocket Queen, “Appetite: The Movie” could have the feel of a superhero flick. (Plot: Brownstone battles the Queen for control of a post-apocalyptic Sunset Strip, where a genetically evolved race of super-landlords called Adlers have kidnapped Brownstone’s love interest, Sweet Child.)  

Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town": Any album by the Boss could be turned into cinema of hope and despair, but the tracks on this 1978 collection already read like titles from a film score: "Streets of Fire," "Badlands," "The Promised Land," "Something in the Night."

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