Pulse Films has optioned the rights to Lizzy Goodman’s non-fiction book ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock & Roll In NYC 2001-2011‘ – which was published by Dey Street Books earlier this year – with plans to adapt it as a four-part documentary series.
The book is set against the back-drop of 9/11 and tells the story of the last great romantic age of Rock’n’Roll and how bands like The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol redefined a struggling metropolis and catalyzed a generation. It also engages in a broader exploration of youth culture and modernity; the transformation of New York City in the first decade of the 2000’s and the cultural forces that shaped it. The series explores the ways in which the world has irrevocably changed in the decades since.
The documentary series will combine first-hand testimony, rare archive and an era-defining soundtrack from the musicians who lived and breathed the revolution – The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol among many others. Pulse said that Meet Me In The Bathroom will do away with the tropes and conventions and redefine the scope of the music documentary form. Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski, Sam Bridger, and Brian Levy will Executive Produce alongside writer Lizzy Goodman. Jaime Neely will produce, while Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern are attached to direct.
“At various points during the six long years it took to bring Meet Me in the Bathroom to life, it occurred to me what an incredible documentary this would make. At the time it seemed like a total fantasy but it now feels like fate that the team behind Shut Up and Play the Hits, the show that gave me the idea to write this book in the first place, would be the ones to bring Meet Me in the Bathroom to the screen”, said Lizzie Goodman. “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, as well as the entire Pulse Films team. It’s time to share with everyone else the full view of this weird, beautiful, dirty time capsule I’ve been
“Meet Me in the Bathroom is a brilliant property that we are thrilled to be bringing to life in this ambitious way. With the market clearly gravitating towards landmark non-fiction docu-series, we feel Lizzy’s brilliant book, combined with Will & Dylan’s cinematic vision, will create a series that global audiences will cherish”, added Thomas Benski, Chief Executive Officer of Pulse Films. “With music so ingrained in our studios DNA and with our proven ability to use music as a lens to tell amazing stories, Meet Me in the Bathroom felt like a natural project for us to truly get behind.”