Clay Weiner Scores Gig Directing a Musical Remake of 'Valley Girl'
MGM has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy to partner with Paramount on a remake of the 1983 Nicolas Cage movie Valley Girl, but there's a twist: this one's going to be a musical. Little-known director Clay Weiner wowed studio executives by producing a self-financed demo reel over the holiday break, which featured choreographed dance numbers to music that will be used in the movie. It impressed the suits so much that they gave him the job over his better-established competition. This is a real life lesson for you up-and-coming filmmakers out there: sometimes all it takes is going the extra mile. More details below!
If you've never heard of Clay Weiner, you're not alone. He's built a career mostly directing commercials, and he ventured into features once before with the made-for-TV film Fred: The Movie for Nickelodeon. Deadline says this version of Valley Girl follows the original story of a punk guy with no money from the wrong side of the tracks who sets his sights on winning the affection of a Valley girl with a loutishly preppy boyfriend. In the musical, the actors will sing ’80s New Wave tunes from bands like The Go Go’s and The Cars. Isn't the upcoming Tom Cruise musical Rock of Ages covering much of the same territory? Hopefully these jukebox musicals are different enough for audiences to enjoy separately.