Cameron Crowe has announced that he is adapting his Oscar-winning film Almost Famous into a new stage musical.
The 2001 coming-of-age film was based on Crowe’s own experiences in the early 1970s when he was a teenage music journalist for Rolling Stone, touring with rock bands Led Zeppelin, Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Crowe won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Crowe told Rolling Stone: “I remember the first day of filming Almost Famous, we were standing in downtown San Diego, shooting a scene with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on the very same street where I’d first met Lester Bangs. It felt surreal. It felt like a miracle.
I called a friend of mine and said, ‘How did I get here?’ He laughed and said, ‘Enjoy it, this won’t happen again.’ The current miracle is that the feeling is coming alive again.”
The film tracks 15-year old William Miller as he escapes his conservative mother, played by Frances McDormand to interview Billy Crudup’s rock star Russell Hammond, all the while being mentored by old hack Philip Seymour Hoffman and befriended by underage groupie Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson.
Watch the Almost Famous trailer below:
Work on the production apparently started a few years ago and Crowe has already written the lyrics with composer Tom Kitt, from Green Day musical American Idiot, penning the original music.
“It doesn’t even feel like work,” Crowe continues. “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.”
Crowe recently teased fans by posting a short video on Twitter where the camera pans from Kitt playing the piano to a production board filled with post-it notes laying out the different scenes, including ‘Stillwater sound check’.
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) September 21, 2018
No other details are confirmed at present but keep an eye on Crowe’s Twitter account for more teasers.