The coolest thing about the new TV crime drama The Last Panthers, which stars John Hurt and Samantha Morton, is actually the opening credits. David Bowie emerged from wherever he's been hiding (cloud of tea kettle steam, TV static, plume of pipe smoke, etc.) to create a new song for the show called "Blackstar."
The first look at the title sequence comes just five weeks before the show launches simultaneously across Europe on Sky Atlantic at 9pm, November 12.
Johan Renck, director of The Last Panthers, commented in a press release: “I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much. We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws. We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence — images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald. That’s when he said go — it all fits. Then he played me his new song ‘BLACKSTAR'.”
Finally, a show that we won't have to mute for five minutes before watching.
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