Michael Sucsy Lands Beach Boys Musical Like 'Across the Universe'
The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million albums since the band was created in 1961, and in the ensuing years, the soft rockers have ridden a roller coaster of fame and popularity and churned out some of the most iconic songs in the history of American music. This year is a big year for the band, since 2012 will see the group releasing a new album and reuniting for a 50th anniversary worldwide tour with all of its surviving original members. Now Variety reports that the group is getting a musical akin to Across the Universe with a fictional story being put together using Beach Boys songs as the driving force of the film. More below!
The Vow director Michael Sucsy is set to direct a script by Susannah Grant, who also wrote Erin Brockovich. Though this will be the first time Sucsy has taken on a project like this, his support team is very familiar with the musical format. Chicago and Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce alongside one-time Beach Boy John Stamos, marking a reunion behind the scenes as well - these guys also teamed up to produce a made-for-TV Beach Boys film for ABC back in 2000. No word yet on a start date for this one, but as someone who likes The Beach Boys more than The Beatles (shocking, I know!), I'm excited to see how their classic songs can be reinterpreted as a fictional narrative Interested?