Adam Shankman Developing Bye Bye Birdie Remake
by Alex Billington
January 6, 2009
Speaking of Adam Shankman, the filmmaker will join fellow producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher to produce and develop a remake of the 1963 musical Bye Bye Birdie for Columbia Pictures. Bye Bye Birdie was originally a Broadway musical that debuted in 1960. Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret headlined a big screen version in 1963. Columbia has been developing an updated version for a number of years, with the story at one point re-imagining the title character as a hip-hop star. Step Up 2 director John Chu was once attached as a writer, as was Tina Fey, but this current version doesn't have any writers attached yet.
The original Bye Bye Birdie, set in 1958, is about a rock singer who travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. While I've admitted plenty of times before that I was a fan of Shankman's Hairspray remake from last year, I'm not as excited about Hollywood's continued trend of bringing musicals to the big screen. Mamma Mia made Universal a whole lot of money, and I'm sure Bye Bye Birdie will do well, too, but I guess I'm just getting tired of seeing them. Then again, I'm not a fan of Bye Bye Birdie. Will it have the support it needs to be a box office hit?