“Almost Famous” is almost ready for the stage.
The beloved 2000 film starring Kate Hudson is being adapted into a musical by the movie’s director Cameron Crowe. The show’s makers are targeting a Broadway run, though an exact timeline has not been revealed.
Crowe is penning the book for the play, while the music will be written by Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt. Crowe and Kitt will team up for the show’s lyrics, while Jeremy Herrin has been tapped to direct.
The “Almost Famous” movie, which also stars Billy Crudup and Frances McDormand, centers on a teenage journalist named William Miller (portrayed by Patrick Fugit) who joins the fictional rock group Stillwater on their tour for a story and befriends groupie Penny Lane (Hudson) along the way.
The stage adaptation of the classic flick has been in the works for several years, Crowe told Rolling Stone.
“It doesn’t even feel like work,” he said. “It feels like a new adventure, a natural progression but still true to the question that started it all. ‘What do you love about music?’. Can’t wait to bring it to you in the coming months.”
The film is based off of Crowe’s own experiences as a young music writer for Rolling Stone magazine.
Crowe sparked speculation about a new “Almost Famous” project last week when he posted a video to Twitter showing Kitt playing the piano. The camera than pans to pieces of paper displaying key words such as “Almost Famous” and “Stillwater.”