KISS: 30-Plus Years Later
A film based on the 1981 KISS album (Music From) The Elder is in the works, which was the original plan before it got shelved when the album tanked. U.K.-based independent filmmaker Seb Hunter says production on the film, a "post-apocalyptic road movie," will begin this summer. "The only way to do this is to do it properly... Not to completely copy the ideas that KISS had... It basically tells the same story."
He says KISS fans are underwriting the film, but the band hasn't acknowledged it. "The big worry is that...Gene Simmons likes to wield his lawyers and...that he'll come down on us like a ton of bricks."
The Elder was the last KISS album to feature Ace Frehley, prior to the 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus, and it was the first for drummer Eric Carr, who replaced Peter Criss. But it sold so poorly that it was the first release they didn't tour behind.
In 2010, Spinner voted (Music From) The Elder one of the worst rock operas ever.