Fox 2000 Lands the Rights to Make a Fun Beach Boys Musical
"Wouldn't it be nice…" Not everyone loves musicals, and not everyone loves the Beach Boys, but I'm sure a few of you may at least be excited to hear about a project coming together. Deadline is reporting that a hot project in town that just sold to Fox 2000 involves the rights to Beach Boys music to be developed into an "original musical" with a storyline featuring more of the "surf and fun prevalent in the band's many hits." So Blue Crush meets Nowhere Boy? Something like that. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of Hairspray and the upcoming Footloose, are developing while Susannah Grant, of Erin Brockovich, is writing the script.
There aren't many details available about exactly what they're planning for this Beach Boys project, but the pitch did get quite a bit of industry interest from Universal and Fox 2000, with the latter winning with a full "7-figure bid." The musical is obviously expected to use the band's music, but won't tell their life story. The Beach Boys, who hit it big in the 60's, were a fun-lovin' Southern California group of five musicians who were often called "America's Band." Although not as popular today, some of the surviving members still do shows, but it's their songs from the 60's like "Surfin' USA", "I Get Around" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" that they're remembered for the most. Find the right director and I could actually see this turning out pretty damn good.
We'll keep you updated on this project and will let you know when we hear more details about they're plans for it. I can enjoy a good musical here or there, so as long as they put together something as fun as all of the Beach Boys' songs, this should be great. Any Beach Boys fans excited by the prospect of a musical?