US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal are set to recount their ordeal during the Paris terror attacks in an HBO film. The film, titled Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends), is directed by Colin Hanks and is scheduled to premiere on HBO in North America in February 2017.
Band members Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes will detail how their outlook on life has changed since 89 people, including one of their crew members, were killed in a terrorist attack at Le Bataclan Theatre on 13 November 2015. According to Deadline, the Live Nation Productions documentary will be split into three parts, introducing EODM, the events of the attack and their comeback European tour, Nos Amis, which took place in February 2016.
Homme, who co-founded the band, was not present at the Bataclan but Hughes, 44, was on-stage performing at the time. Reflecting on the events, a tearful Homme says in a clip viewed by Deadline: "I take it as a holy charge, this duty of leadership that." Explaining what he learned from the attack, Homme added: "Next time, stand up for yourself. Make sure you're never the weakest one."
Hanks, son of Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, has known Homme, 43, and Hughes for around 10 years and scrambled to put the documentary together as EODM were embarking on their tour. Hanks said of the band's ordeal: "How do you go on with your life with something like that? ... [The film is] about that first step in trying to put life back together."
While Nos Amis will detail the emotional aspect of the events, Hanks insists the documentary will not shy away from the controversy. EODM were dropped from two French music festivals in May after Homme's comments in interviews suggesting that security members at the Bataclan may have been involved in the terror attack. Hanks states: "We don't walk around it."
Hanks also reveals that the hardest part of making the documentary was interviewing fans who survived the attack. The actor and film-maker formed a friendship with Homme and Hughes while making his critically-acclaimed 2015 documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records.
Nos Amis (Our Friends) will also receive a theatrical release after its small-screen premiere in February, meaning it is likely to be eligible for a nomination at the Oscars 2018.