Okay, let's play a word association game—I'm just going to throw some names at you, and you tell me what comes to mind: Cameron Diaz. Reese Witherspoon. Gwyneth Paltrow. Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Beyonce. Andy Samberg.
If you guessed "People potentially involved in a musical comedy titled One Hit Wonders starring Diaz, Witherspoon, and Paltrow as three singers from the '90s who each had one smash hit and try to reclaim their fame by forming a girl group," you are CORRECT. I don't know what's more insane, your otherworldly telepathic powers, or the inevitable profits for this movie!
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is collaborating with Glee's Ryan Murphy to create a musical comedy that's primarily intended to be a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, and Andy Samberg. Murphy will is set to write the script with his Glee co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, and he plans to co-produce with Paltrow. (Oh, Gwyneth. Is there anything she can't do?)
As for the backstory on how this came to be, apparently Murphy was having dinner with Paltrow, Diaz, and Witherspoon, and they came up with the idea for One Hit Wonders right then and there. Murphy took the concept to Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, who supposedly bought it 10 minutes into his pitch.
Moviemaking: it's just that easy!
The film will center around Diaz, Witherspoon, and Paltrow as the aforementioned one hit wonder girls, and Samberg (along with his Lonely Island team) is rumored to be generating music for the film. As for what Beyonce's role will be, there's no word on that yet. But it hardly matters, right? BEYONCE.
I have to admit my first reaction to hearing about this was a whaaaaaaa? followed by a RCA Victor dog head-tilt—you know:
But upon further thought, it totally makes sense. Beyonce was awesome in Dreamgirls, Paltrow sang in Country Strong and Glee, Witherspoon sang in Walk The Line, and even Diaz did karaoke in My Best Friend's Wedding. Although . . . uh . . . .
Okay, maybe they'll just dub in someone else's voice for Cameron. Anyway, talk about a dream team—between the four insanely popular superstars and the Glee fans, One Hit Wonders sounds like a major slam-dunk in terms of pulling in audiences.
Of course, it reminds to be seen if this actually happens. Currently all four actresses and Samberg are attached to the project, but no official deals are in place. Even if it does get the green light, it'll be a while before it hits the big screen, since it won't start production until Murphy’s A Normal Heart is finished.
Still, it sounds fairly promising, wouldn't you say? Hell, I'd see it, and I don't even like musicals.
What do you think about the idea for One Hit Wonders? Would you see it with those actresses?
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