The Hollywood Reporter found out Adam Shankman, producer and director of hit movie musical Hairspray, has come on board to develop and produce Columbia Picture’s planned remake of Bye Bye Birdie. While less provocative than his most recent project, “Prop 8: The Musical,” Birdie is a classic musical that is fun for all ages.
Birdie centers on Conrad Birdie, a popular singer a la Elvis Presley. Just before he is shipped off to the army, he agrees to one last encounter with a fan before he goes to war, all for a little extra publicity. Columbia has been developing the update for several years, even re-imagining the title character as a hip-hop star.
AP’s Entertainer of the Year, Tina Fey, was involved in writing the script at several different points. We’re not sure when Shankman will be able to fit the flick into his jam-packed schedule. He just made box-office bank with his magical “Bedtime Stories” and also just signed on to direct “Bob: The Musical” for Disney and “The 8th Voyage of Sinbad” for Columbia.