Beach Boys film project picked up by Fox (Reuters)

There's a new Beach Boys movies in the works.

Fox 2000 has picked up a an untitled Beach Boys project that revolves around the band's music but is not a biopic.

The project is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team responsible for "Hairspray."

Also producing is John Stamos, who has toured with the Beach Boys as their drummer and whose association with the band goes back to his appearance in the music video of "Kokomo."

Screenwriter Susannah Grant, who worked on Zadan and Meron's new "Footloose" project as well as the upcoming musical-themed "Burlesque," starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, is on board to write the Beach Boys movie. Rather than tell the story of the band, it will take a similar tack to "Mamma Mia!," which built a fictional story around the music of ABBA.

Plotlines for the film were not revealed.

The acquisition was made amid heated bidding, with the 20th Century Fox specialty unit beating out Universal Pictures as the price tag surfed up to the seven figures.


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