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Thursday, August 2, 2007

When Rocky met American Idol

What is it with celebrities? How is it they seem to always find themselves SO talented that they can do ANYTHING? An actress wants to be a singer, a producer, a writer, a director... ok, ok, we get the point, talent is just oozing from your pores. Every single idea you have is golden.

Newest to jump on this bandwagon is Simon Cowell:

"American Idol" star and reality TV producer Simon Cowell is venturing into features with a music-themed project tentatively titled "Star Struck."

Inspired by Alan Parker's 1980 film "Fame," "Struck" is set behind the scenes of a TV singing competition in the vein of "Idol" and the Cowell-produced British show "X-Factor" and follows 10 contestants trying to make it to the top.

"The story is told through the eyes of those 10 contestants," said Cowell, who will produce "Struck." "We want it to be the musical version of 'Rocky' -- an underdog story, a feel-good film."

A singing reality show is a perfect setting to make the story in the film relatable, Cowell said.

" 'Fame' was all about young people wanting to be famous, and in order to do that, they enrolled in a drama school," Cowell said. "The difference 25 years later is that everyone who wants to be famous today signs up for 'American Idol.' "

Just as he does as a judge on "Idol" and "X-Factor," Cowell will be at the auditions for the movie. And just like a singing reality show, "Struck" will open with clips from the auditions.

In doing the movie, Cowell is going with his instincts. Five years ago, it took him and "Idol" creator Simon Fuller months of relentless pitching until Fox finally picked up the show.

"We always believed that a TV show like 'Idol' would be successful," Cowell said. "I have the same feeling about doing the movie."

This may be one instinct best ignored.

A musical Rocky? Come on.

Why even bother making the movie? It's American Idol, the movie: the whole season in two hours or so. Although, I guess that could save me the trouble of actually watching American Idol now...