Sky Atlantic has unveiled the opening credits for its latest drama The Last Panthers, featuring a brand new original song titled ‘Blackstar’ written and performed by David Bowie.
The first look of the title sequence comes just five weeks before the show launches simultaneously across Europe on Sky Atlantic at 9pm, on the 12th of November 2015. The track is the result of a meeting of minds between David Bowie and the director of the series Johan Renck who met during the filming of the show.
“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’.” – Johan Renck, director of The Last Panthers
The six part series, jointly pan-European commission from Sky and CANAL + in France, stars Samantha Morton alongside Tahar Rahim, Croatian star Goran Bogdan and John Hurt.
The Last Panthers will screen on CANAL + in France and on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria from November 12th.