‘Supernatural’ favorite director Guy Norman Bee has a passionate project in the works called ‘The Last Rock and Roll Show.’ Well known for directing hugely popular shows such as ‘Arrow, ‘Criminal Minds,’ and the next season of SyFy’s ’12 Monkeys,’ Bee is bringing together two favorites of his, classic Rock and Roll and vintage cars, to team up with ‘Gearz Nation’s Stacey David and author Danny White to make a truly creative film. His Indiegogo campaign offers up the opportunity to be a party of history.
Q. It’s been a while since we last chatted and I’m so excited about your latest film project ‘The Last Rock and Roll Show.’ Tell your fans about this project and the Indiegogo campaign to fund it.
A. It combines all the stuff I’m interested in. Anything to do with classic Rock and Roll and the very origins of it. It’s something that’s been in the works for a long time. I’ve been attached to it and the original novelist, now the screenwriter of it, for six years. The story takes place at a time when the government thought Rock and Roll was very bad and tried to ban it. The hot rods and the vintage cars are another cool thing that all of us , Stacey, Danny, and even Sean Solan who is helping me as an associate producer all talk about it in our spare time. In the screenplay, unlike the novel, we’ve added a darker, kind of a comic book element to it. There is also this organization that is sort of nefarious and is trying to stop Rock and Roll. I pitched to Danny the idea of shooting it like a graphic novel brought to life. We’ve mentioned ‘300’, ‘Sin City’ and even ‘Speed Racer’ where you honestly feel like you’re immersed in a comic book with beautiful backgrounds. Fans of any of the shows that I work on that either comic book related or ‘Supernatural are going to get the feel of being in a graphic novel.
How Danny wrote this book is the greatest story. He was playing bass with Tommy Allsup, guitar player in “The Crickets” who had given up his seat to Ritchie Valens. And Waylon Jennings gave up his seat to the Big Bopper. That bus they were on was so freezing cold and Buddy (Holly) said we’re gonna rent an airplane to the next gig, and that’s how it happened. (Danny’s story) It’s a fictionalized account of a historic real event and he kept it as accurate as possible. While Danny was in England touring with Tommy, some fan raised his hand during the show asked (British accent) “Hello mate—we’re big fans. Do you think that in the final show in Clear Lake, IA that somebody recorded that? Because that would be amazing to have the last show ever done before those guys passed away.” Tommy says anything’s possible…I don’t think there’s a recording of it, and Danny came up with the idea for the book. Story is teenage kids record it (the concert), leave it in the trunk of a Cadillac, then left the caddy in the street because of the snow, and it gets towed. The son of the owner of the towing company decides he’s going make his big break in Hollywood and steals the Cadillac. That’s how it all started out. Danny’s a real stickler to make it as accurate as possible.
We decided to make a push. Danny (the author) and I flew to Stacey’s studio in Nashville to film the video you see on the Indiegogo website. We’re trying to be grassroots and keep is as indie as possible. We have a draft of the script and we’re ready to see what the world thinks and to attract some attention. We’re going to try, yet if somebody comes forward with a budget with caveats such as casting approval, well of course we’ll consider it. In a perfect world, we’d bring together a group of people together who want to see this movie made to finance it. Stacey’s got a huge fan base. I mean, instead of going to Las Vegas or playing the stock market, it is a pretty sexy way to invest and almost be guaranteed a return on your money. Then you get to say I helped produce a movie!
Q. My first car was a 1971 Chevy Malibu that I regret selling it with every fiber of my being. Do you have a car that you regret selling?
A. Only a couple years ago I had a ’68 RT Charger and two things happened. I wanted to buy a Tesla and I need the money and the space in my garage to plug in to charge the car. I also have a ’69 Super Bee and I looked at both of them, and I one of them had to go. The Super Bee I had for 18 years.
Q. What other projects do you have in the works that you’re allowed to share with your fans?
A. I’m working on ‘Mysteries of Laura’, doing ‘The Magicians’ which is Sera Gamble’s new show, and then I go right to ’12 Monkeys’ in Toronto. In the beginning of the year I was attached to this movie with Jim Beaver and Julie McNiven. I even Jim Beaver as a small town Sheriff and Kim Rhodes as the mayor of that town set to butt heads with Beaver. I had this whole thing ready to go and they pulled the plug. Yet in the height of my depression, the project ‘The Last Rock and Roll Show’ came my way.
Q. When you’re on a road trip, what are the bands at the top of your playlist?
A. I’m kind of stuck in the ‘70s. Any Led Zeppelin any Aerosmith, Bad Company, and this relatively new band call Rival Sons. I always say if Led Zeppelin and Bad Company had a baby, they would have given birth to Rival Sons. I’m sort of convinced that MOST of the best music was produced between 1964 and 1974!
Be sure to go to their Indiegogo page to learn more. Be a part of history and contribute to Guy Bee’s cool project!