American Idol judge and TV producer Simon Cowell will produce his first feature with Star Struck, a music-themed project inspired by Alan Parker's 1980 movie “Fame.”
The story will be about 10 contestants in a TV singing competition, similar to Idol and the Cowell-produced British show X-Factor, as they try to make it to the top. Cowell describes it has a ''musical version of Rocky - an underdog story, a feel-good film.''
To bring a sense of authenticity to the contestant roles, Cowell will hold auditions around the country next year and cast unknowns. The movie will open with scenes cut from the actual auditions, which Cowell will oversee.
The film has not been set up with a studio yet, but Cowell is aiming for a summer 2008 release which ties in nicely to the remake already planned of “Fame”
This could be a really good combination of “Fame” and “A Chorus Line”. It could be updated to show the stress and heart break of auditions, the crushed dreams and the rising hope. This could really be an amazingly insightful look at the current ‘instant fame’ society we currently live in if it is done right, but we all know it won’t be.
It will be glossy, bland and fake with contestants signing their butchered and warbled versions of Whitney and Mariah songs.
I can imagine it being some sort of sentimentally retarded story with over the top acting with an “under dog rising to the top” feel.
Sorry, had a little vom at the thought of it.