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The Tool Page: An Article


Date: May, 2001

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 title: Tool Consider Building Their Own 'Wall' On Film
author: Jon Wiederhorn

Tool Consider Building Their Own 'Wall' On Film 


If you think Tool's new epic, evocative Lateralus sounds like the futuristic soundtrack to a mind-blowing film, 
you're not  alone. The bandmembers are as interested in presenting their art visually as musically, and they're 
thinking about creating a full-length Tool movie in the vein of Pink Floyd's "The Wall." 

"Pink Floyd are our heroes, and we'd totally love to do something on that level, but in our own way," guitarist 
Adam Jones said. "We've been talking about that, and the people we've met with have the kind of pull to get it 

The biggest obstacle, of course, is money. "It's so hard to find someone who's willing to invest in a project like 
this," he explained. "So much of what we do is based on experimentation, and if you're trying to get money 
from people to make a film, they want to know exactly what it's going to look like, how many frames you're 
going to shoot, how many people you're going to work with and what the budget is going to be. And to me, it's 
not that concrete. [Making a film should be] more like jamming and writing music."

Jones speaks from experience. Before he was in Tool, he worked as a Hollywood special effects designer on 
movies including "Jurassic Park," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," and he has shot 
and overseen the production of all the band's videos to date, including "Prison Sex," "Sober" and "Stinkfist."

Even if the band can't get a movie studio to fork over the cash, Tool might create something itself and release it 
on a smaller scale. "Who knows, maybe the next Tool record will be a cool DVD with a whole film and soundtrack 
involved in it," vocalist Maynard James Keenan said. "That's a possibility. This whole [Tool] project has been 
about not limiting ourselves." 

óJon Wiederhorn

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