Mark your calendars! The Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga finally has a release date: June 26.
Will Ferrell — the film’s star and producer, who has spent four years developing the project — revealed this and other details during The Graham Norton Show on BBC One on May 15 — on the eve of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
Wearing a gold glittery jacket, he remarked that he had his “Eurovision jacket on” and proceeded to reveal some tantalising details about the movie.
He first explained how he got into Eurovision in the first place.
“This happened literally twenty years ago visiting my wife’s family in Sweden,” he told Graham via Zoom. “One evening her cousin said, ‘Shall we sit down and watch Eurovision?’ and I said OK. We proceeded to sit there for three straight hours and watch the Eurovision finals while my mouth was slack-jawed. I couldn’t believe what I was watching.”
“Everything that you guys know — the spectacle, the humour in it, and the camp — was intoxicating. I always thought someone has to make a movie about it and no one had. We started to get the ball rolling about four years ago.”
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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”
On Friday the first song from the movie’s soundtrack dropped on Spotify. “Volcano Man” is a deliberately camp take on a Eurovision song. Will discussed the music in the movie, which helps give the song some context stylistically.
“I mean we really owed it to Eurovision and the fans to make sure it was well observed,” he said. “So many of the Eurovision songs can be silly — but they’re catchy. That’s what we were aiming for. Fire Saga has some appropriately good bad songs.”
He then named several songs that inspired him while he was doing his research. These include Germany’s 1979 act Ghenghis Khan. “What’s more appropriate than singing about the conquest of Genghis Khan,” he said. “I mean look at those outfits. It’a amazing.”
Finland’s 2006 act Lordi is another. “We have an act in our movie that parodies them as well. That’s just one of the classic images when you think about Eurovision.”
Poland’s 2014 act Cleo & Donatan — with those milkmaids and washer women — also gets a shout. “I just thought this was how they milk things in Poland,” he joked. “I don’t find it erotic at all, it’s just someone making butter.”
His most literal inspiration is Mariya Yaremchuk — she of hamster wheel fame — also from 2014.
“That is something we lifted directly and put in the movie. We kept thinking about something when Fire Saga is singing their song ‘Double Trouble’…we need to do something like the guy in the hamster wheel we saw. The next thing you know the props team is making a huge steel wheel for me to run in. I was lowered about fifty feet down into the ground in a massive hamster wheel, but I’m glad we did it.”