In exciting music news, Scottish rock band Mogwai has been tapped to provide the score for the upcoming Taron Egerton–Paul Walter Hauser limited series Black Bird, which will premiere July 8 on Apple TV+, an individual familiar with the project has told Below the Line.
The six-episode series is based on the true-crime memoir In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene and Hillel Levin. Egerton plays Keene, a drug dealer who gets busted and is sentenced to 10 years in prison. He lands the opportunity of a lifetime when the feds offer to commute his sentence if he agrees to transfer to a maximum security facility and befriend a possible serial killer (Hauser) in the hopes of locating the body of one of his alleged victims.
Oscar winner Greg Kinnear co-stars alongside Ray Liotta and Sepideh Moafi, and the cast also includes Jake McLaughlin, Joe Williamson, and James DuMont.
Produced by Apple Studios, Black Bird was developed by Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane, who executive produced the prison series alongside Richard Plepler of Eden Productions; Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin, and Ryan Friedkin of Imperative Entertainment; Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert through EMJAG Productions; plus Kary Antholis, Keene, Egerton, and Bullhead filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam, who directed the first three episodes. The other three episodes hail from directors Jim McKay and Joe Chappelle.
Mogwai’s music has been heard in a number of films and television shows over the past 20 years, starting with shows like The Shield, Sex and the City, and CSI, and movies such as All the Real Girls and The Girl Next Door, though the largely instrumental band didn’t really break out on the big screen until 2006’s Miami Vice, which featured “Auto Rock and “We’re No Here.” If I remember correctly, I was first turned on to Mogwai when I heard “Auto Rock” used in the trailer for the 2007 Jodie Foster thriller The Brave One. I also love the use of “Helicon 1” in the Beautiful Boy trailer.
Mogwai performed on Clint Mansell‘s epic score for The Fountain years before scoring Fisher Stevens‘ documentary Before the Flood and the 2018 sci-fi movie Kin. Most recently, Mogwai composed the intense score for Amazon’s limited series ZeroZeroZero. Their involvement in Black Bird is a major coup for the series and I look forward to hearing what they come up with for the dark Apple series.
Apple will release the first two episodes of Black Bird on July 8, followed by a new episode every Friday over the ensuing four weeks.