While Wilson's life and career have been showcased plenty in the decades since The Beach Boys were in their prime, not much has been said of Wilson's work in the last 20 years. Director Brent Wilson--no relation to Brian--will explore this period in his new documentary with footage of the musician spending time in Los Angeles with Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine.
"It felt like a good time to look back," Brian Wilson told Rolling Stone. "I have so many memories in L.A. of growing up, all the good times with my band – we were just kids when we started, and of course memories of my brothers Dennis and Carl, who I miss so much." He also mentioned the "fun times" he has had with Fine in the past, "relaxing and listening to music, talking at the deli and cruising down to Malibu for sushi."
The project began after director Brent Wilson's first attempt at a documentary didn't go well--the musician "hated being interviewed." The new direction emerged after Brian Wilson's manager suggested the director get in touch with Fine, and he found that his favorite article featured the two driving around Los Angeles, where Brian Wilson grew up.
"I wanted to hang with Brian for a couple of days," Brent Wilson said.
As for what Wilson himself wants the film to achieve, he said, "I hope it shows people the love I feel and the hope I have to share love through my music."
As for The Beach Boys, they continue to tour without Wilson, with dates later this month and into 2019.