According to The Pulse Of Radio, RUSH drummer Neil Peart told Rolling Stone that he’s surprised no one has approached the band about making a film version of their 2012 concept album, “Clockwork Angels”. Peart said, “To me, it would make an amazing movie and I thought it would happen organically — that by now somebody would’ve been at my door with a big bushel of dollars saying, ‘Let’s make this happen!’ And it hasn’t.”
The album’s lyrics chronicle a young man’s journey across a steampunk world filled with pirates, anarchists and exotic carnival performers. Peart has already collaborated with sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson on a novel and comic book version of the story.
But he admitted that the lack of movie interest was “astonishing,” adding, “I thought, ‘What a great semi-retirement project for the three of us,’ because Geddy [Lee, bassist] loves cinema, Alex [Lifeson, guitarist] for the soundtrack, and me for the story. But I was hoping that’s a project that the three of us would undertake at some point.”
“Clockwork Angels” was RUSH‘s first concept album since 1978’s “Hemispheres”, and Alex Lifeson told The Pulse Of Radio at the time it was fun to make that kind of record again. “All our records really are thematic, and there is a connection and a fluidity that runs through them,” he said. “But this one is a little more overt and there’s a little more of a story to it, and I think it gave Neil an opportunity to express himself on a wider platform.”
RUSH is currently in the midst of what the band claims will be its final major tour, although they have left the door open for selected performances and limited runs in the future.
Their recent hometown concerts in Toronto were filmed for a future release.