John Mellencamp Issues Statement on New Jack & Diane Film

Legendary American rock figure John Mellencamp has responded to a new film that shares the title of his biggest hit, 1982’s Jack & Diane (from back when he was known as John Cougar), which spent four weeks at number one in the US.

The film, a coming of age tale, stars Juno Temple, Riley Keough and Kylie Minogue (who also contributes to the soundtrack), and was directed by relative newcomer Bradley Rust Gray.

Mellencamp has released a statement hoping to clarify any misconceptions that he has anything to do with the film.

“You don’t hear my song in the film and I played no part in suggesting or offering this title,” he says, “It’s most apparent that the lead characters were named with the hope that the familiar title might resonate in some people’s minds. I guess that’s OK to do, strictly from a legal perspective, but riding on someone else’s coattails and having a moral compass is left up to each individual.”

The film will be released in cinemas in the US on November 2 and has already screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and is already available on demand.

1 comment

Anonymous said...

How many singles did the Jack and Dianne song sell exactly? Was it as many as the 70 million records Kylie Minogue has sold. I doubt it. Don't think the film needs to ride on John Mellancamps coat tails with Kylie in the film.

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