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Simon Cowell Bringing "Idol" to the Big Screen

Simon Cowell Bringing "Idol" to the Big Screen


Having already conquered British TV, American TV and even McDonald's, Simon Cowell is turning his attention to film. The "American Idol" producer is working on a film called Star Struck, a Fame-meets-Rocky story set — where else? — behind the scenes at a singing reality show.

"Fame was all about young people wanting to be famous, and in order to do that, they enrolled in a drama school," Cowell told the Hollywood Reporter. "The difference 25 years later is that everyone who wants to be famous today signs up for 'American Idol.' "

The movie will follow 10 contestants through the stages of the show, starting with the auditions. The Reporter continues:

For authenticity, the leads in the film — playing participants in a TV singing competition — will be cast through nationwide open call auditions similar to those used on the reality shows. Cowell, who hopes to hold the calls early next year in seven or eight cities, believes casting unknowns for the leads is crucial.

So basically, it's exactly like "Idol," but fictionalized, wrapped up in two hours, and costing you more money to watch it. Mmkay. Well, it has to be better than From Justin to Kelly ... right?

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