Michael Sucsy Lands Beach Boys Musical Like 'Across the Universe'
by Ben Pearson
February 28, 2012
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?
John Stamos was NEVER a Beach Boy! They let him sit in with them, that was all!!!
Jimdevitt on Feb 28, 2012
dangit! i totally had this in my notebook of movie ideas!
nick on Feb 28, 2012
The Stamos episode is a stain on the Beach Boys legacy. That Beach Boys tv movie was awful! It misrepresented the BB story, actors were miscast - even the beards were obviously glued on! There was already a Beach Boys musical and it flopped. This idea is making me cringe already.
Mark on Feb 28, 2012
Stamos should focus on his already dormant acting career instead of addressing something that he has no purpose in creating. Stamos kisses Mike Love's ass. Any musical would make the focal point about Love. In reality, It was Brian Wilson's vision the created the sound and the formula. Focus on the creativity and legacy of Brian Wilson. Ditch the musical concepts which are pointless.
Syd Barrett on Feb 29, 2012
i'm also a bigger beach boys fan than beatles fan...agreed on the ABC version of the beach boys story being mike love propaganda. across the universe was so bad, why does the world need hollywood to butcher the legacy of another great artist?
Drgonzorh on Feb 29, 2012
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