James Franco gets record deal
James Franco's band Daddy have signed a record deal to release a The Smiths-inspired album and accompanying art film in 2016
James Franco's band has signed a record deal.
The '127 Hours' actor's band Daddy - which also features multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Keefe - has been snapped up by Kobalt and will release a The Smiths-inspired album and film in 2016.
James and Tim said of the news: "We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film.
"Kobalt has the right forward-thinking approach to work with a project as unique as ours, where we see our work not only existing within the music realm, but extending into the film, art space and beyond on an independent basis."
The album will be titled 'Let Me Get What I Want' in reference to The Smiths' 1984 song 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want' and will feature the band's bassist Andy Rourke on every track.
The 37-year-old star has previously penned numerous poems influenced by the Salford-based band's songs which will form the basis for the new music.
And the accompanying movie will be created by each track's video being put together to form an hour-long art film.
James has previously praised frontman Morrissey for inspiring his own creativity.
He said: "The Smiths' songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation.
"I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium (music) to influence another one (poetry)... [But] once I had the sequence, Tim and I took the material one step further and turned the poems inspired by songs back into songs of their own."