February 3, 2017


'Strange Times': Tom DeLonge Making Directorial Debut With Sci-Fi Skateboarding Movie

John Sciulli/Getty Images for WIRED
John Sciulli/Getty Images for WIRED

Spaceman Tom DeLonge, alum of the terrestrial pop-punk act Blink-182, is making his movie-directing debut with a science-fiction flick called Strange Times. The Hollywood Reporter writes that it'll revolve around "a rebellious group of San Diego skateboarders, who take it upon themselves to investigate extreme paranormal activity around town." 

Angels & Airwaves will write original music as well. 

The movie shares a title with the website DeLonge started in 2011; it was firmly in line with all the alien/conspiracy theory stuff you know the guitarist loves. In October 2016, he and co-author Geoff Herbach released Strange Times: The Ghost in the Girl, the first YA novel in a planned trilogy.

DeLonge told THR the film was inspired by his youth, when he "was always dreaming about the world around me, obsessively looking for the more unusual and imaginative experiences that life has to offer." He adds it was the same "restless spirit that inspired me to form Blink-182 and seek out adventure."

Strange Times starts production this autumn and will be co-written by Ben Kull, who also worked on DeLonge's 2014 short film Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker and the subsequent graphic novel adaptation. In 2015, that franchise got a YA novel penned by DeLonge and Suzanne Young; read Tom and Fuse's conversation about it here.

Next, flash back a decade and watch DeLonge talk Angels & Airwaves: