First there was the television show, which introduced the nation to a number of talented young singers and whose finale attracted over 22.8 million viewers. Then there was double-A-sided single, “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This,” from Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, which sold nearly a quarter million copies in its first week, outselling every full length album that week except Disturbed’s <i>Believe</i>. Followed soon after by the <i>American Idol: Greatest Moments</i> CD and the “American Idol in Vegas” special. And in the near future, you’ll be able to attend an American Idol live show, where you can buy the American Idol CD-ROM game and the various albums from American Idol alumni.
Not content with the millions he’s raked in thus far, or the millions more he stands to make from all the trinkets, doodads and tchotchkes in the future, show executive producer Simon Fuller is pushing an American Idol movie through the production pipeline at Fox, which will begin shooting January 6, 2003, in the new Hollywood on the Atlantic, Miami. Little is known about the film, but we’ve been able to find out some of the characters who will join Kelly and Idol first place loser Justin Guarini in the Monkee romp through celluloid…
Elaine: 18-20 years old, Caucasian. This beautiful bombshell is Kelly’s best friend, who thinks guys should always like her better than Kelly. The role model for this character is Reese Witherspoon, and should be an actress who can sing. As opposed to a singer who can act, since we know how well that turns out.
Barbara: 18-20 years old, African American. Kelly’s fun-loving, energetic and bubbly friend.
Brandon: 18-20 years old, ethnicity open. Justin’s good-looking friend, the cool guy who is all talk and no action.
Louie: 18-20, fair-haired. Justin’s sensitive, geeky friend. Louie is licking his wounds from a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
Word has it that Fuller wants the film ready for release shortly after the second series of Idol ends its run next summer. Speaking of the next series, Variety reports today that Angie Martinez, long time on-air personaity at New York’s hip-hop station Hot 97 WQHT-FM, will join Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson as the fourth talent judge. Visit our friends at Sir Links A Lot for continual updates about American Idol and its many franchises.
If you feel you are uniquely qualified to play one of these roles, have your agent contact the production company or casting director.
Executive Producers: Simon Fuller, Gayla Aspinall
Producer: John Agoglia
Director: Not yet signed
Writer: As yet unannounced
Casting Director: Roger Mussenden
Start Date: January 6, 2003