A new version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "War Pigs" is featured in the trailer for 20th Century Fox's upcoming spy thriller "The King's Man", a prequel to the "Kingsman" films. The track originally appeared on the band's iconic 1970 album "Paranoid" and has gone on to become an anti-war anthem. The version used for "The King's Man" adds some orchestral elements and features the lead riff played on piano.
The official synopsis for the film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, reads: "As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in 'The King's Man'."
"The King's Man" stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance. The film, based on the comic book "The Secret Service" by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, arrives in theaters February 14, 2020.
Asked in 2015 interview with Guitar World if he was following the Vietnam War, civil rights movement and political unrest going on at the time in the United States when he wrote the lyrics to "War Pigs", BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler said: "It was actually being covered more [in the press] in England than in America. They had this program on in England, and it showed all the stuff that wasn’t being told to the American people. Stuff like how the president [Lyndon Johnson]'s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, had this road-building company. The Americans would go in and bomb all these roads [in Vietnam]. Then her company would go in and rebuild them and get the money. They weren't saying all that in America. We wrote 'War Pigs' because many American bands were frightened to mention anything about the war. So we thought we'd tell it like it is."