The estate of Frank Zappa has agreed¬†an extensive licensing and distribution pact with Universal Music, which will now be able to release all manner of ‚Äúnew product releases, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing,‚ÄĚ starting with a 180-gram vinyl reissue of Zappa‚Äôs 1974 LP ‘One Size Fits All’¬†on August 14th.
The new deal comes as Zappa‚Äôs youngest son Ahmet assumes control of the Zappa Family Trust, taking over from his mother Gail Zappa. ‚ÄúThis is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me,‚ÄĚ Gail‚Äôs quoted as saying in a press release. ‚ÄúI am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa‚Äôs works. The doors to the vault are now officially¬†wide¬†open.‚ÄĚ
According to Ahmet, he already has a series of releases in the pipeline, including ‘Joe‚Äôs Garage, The Musical’, the long-awaited ‘Roxy Movie’ and a recording of an orchestra performance of ‘200 Motels’ featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
‚ÄúThe fans of Frank Zappa will have more music and more access ‚Äď when they want it and how they want it,‚ÄĚ enthused Ahmet. ‚ÄúWith Universal as our partner, I look forward to bringing to life ‘Joe‚Äôs Garage, The Musica’l, the release of ‘The Roxy Movie’, the release of the Disney Hall performance of ‘200 Motels’ under the baton of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and so many more projects of this calibre. I couldn‚Äôt be more excited about the future.‚ÄĚ
In addition¬†a new documentary about Zappa has received approval from the Zappa Family Trust.
The film is presently in its early stages of development and is scheduled to come out in 2017.
The documentary is being directed by Alex Winter. Best known for his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in the ‘Bill & Ted’ movies,
‚ÄúThere has yet to be a definitive, authorized documentary on the extraordinary life and work of Frank Zappa,‚ÄĚ Winter says. ‚ÄúI am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank‚Äôs own words; he will be our guide through this journey.‚ÄĚ
The Zappa film will be based on Winter‚Äôs script and will encompass the many aspects of Zappa‚Äôs life and music.
‚ÄúThis is not an easy story to tell,‚ÄĚ notes Ahmet Zappa, ‚Äúand we trust that Alex truly understands the complex and multifaceted man that my father was.‚ÄĚ
News of these new releases and the documentary comes weeks after the arrival of¬†Dance Me This, the final album Zappa was working on before his death in 1993.