With the massive success of Glee, it was only a matter of time before creator Ryan Murphy brought a musical to the big screen. Deadline reports that Murphy has lined up Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, and Andy Samberg to star in the musical comedy One Hit Wonders. Murphy will direct and co-write the script with his Glee co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. The story “centers on three singers (Paltrow, Witherspoon, and Diaz) who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain, and then team up to form a super-group.” Samberg, in addition to co-starring, will reportedly write music for the film with his The Lonely Island partners Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the project.
Based on the cast and the concept, One Hit Wonders could be a fun movie. I particularly love that The Lonely Island could be writing the music. But I’m wary of Murphy. He’s not a very good writer. His characters are inconsistent; their motivations are forced and artificial, and while you start out loving to hate them, eventually you just hate them (unless he forces a saccharine redeeming element like Sue Sylvester feeling sympathy for people with Down syndrome). There are times when Murphy can get his ducks in a row and deliver something that’s funny, heartwarming, sharp, and memorable (like the pilot of Glee), and movies don’t run the risk of him driving the concept into the ground. However, his two films—Running with Scissors and Eat Pray Love—have both fallen flat. Let’s hope that third time is the charm.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go listen to “Jack Sparrow”.