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I just read that Warner Bros is preparing a script based upon "Soul Train". Are you kidding me!! This is just proof Hollywood has lost it's collective mind.
Actually, Ive decided to take a new atitude about remaking dance musicals, especially ones I listed as
(in the vein of) on my script details.
It's actually kind of flattering because obviously Im on the right track with whats hot right now. Its other styles of dancing and older style dancing not just hip hop.
I have mixed feelings about this one though. I grew up with Soul train and it was the best dancing show there was. But with them calling it Soul train (the movie) it feels phoney like making a movie about Star Search, American idol etc etc. But......if the do it kind of like "girls just want to have fun" which is being remade also, I beleive, then I think it could work.
I mean......if they came up with a good title and found a true story that simply involved the show I think its a good idea. Besides the dancing being so much better than any one else I remember the clothes. Every one seemed to be competing as much on how they dressed as danced.
Also, I guess Fred Astaire watched Soul Train religously. I remember one interview he gave about wanting so much to be able to dance like those kids.
See , Im sure there are TRUE STORYS out there that involve the show indirectly which I think would make a PERFECT dance musical. They just have to find old dancers from the show and ask them for stories.
And.....they should definitely involve Beyonce because she is so good with old style.
I'm actually okay with 'Soul Train.' It was a break-through show. There was really nowhere for African American to tune into see their singers. So I have no real problem with that. Now when you are talking about studios basing their films on Big Red gum and Legos, then I have an issue.
At first this sounds ridiculous but, after I think about it for awhile, there is a lot of potential. Use the brand and build a solid story around it.
I wish I owned the rights to some established pop culture item because new ideas are too risky in todays market.
After the performance of Land of the Lost, I think you could call Sid & Marty Kroftt and buy the rights to Shazam! for about $1.98. And don't forget H.R. Pufnstuf, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl...
I'm with you, Derrick. A truly bizarre concept.
I'm digging it, man.
It could be like, Talk to Me, and Don Cornelius could be portrayed in the vein of Peety Green.
In that just like the audience watched Peety jump start his dj career, the same came be done watching Cornelius bring life to Soul Train.
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