David Bowie has done many things in his long and successful career and yet he continues to surprise us. The iconic singer composed and performs a new song called "Blackstar" for the opening credits of the upcoming crime drama The Last Panthers, which premieres Nov. 12 on Sky Atlantic in Europe. The six-part series, which stars John Hurt and Samantha Morton, is based on the true events of notorious Balkan jewel thieves dubbed the Pink Panthers.
Bowie consulted with The Last Panthers director Johan Renck before composing the song. "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," said Renck in a statement. "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 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 Grünewald. That's when he said go—it all fits. Then he played me his new song 'Blackstar.'"
Listen and watch the opening credits for The Last Panthers in the video below.