Following the surprise success of Universal’s Pitch Perfect last year, DreamWorks is getting in on the a capella craze. The studio has picked up a pitch about the story behind the a capella group Straight No Chaser, which was formed by ten Indiana University students in 1996. The group was fairly successful in the late 1990s but disbanded three years after forming, only to see a video of their 1998 performance of “12 Days of Christmas” go viral in 2006 when it was uploaded to YouTube. Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman saw the video and quickly got the group back together, signing a five-record deal and bringing Straight No Chaser widespread mainstream success. Hit the jump for more.
The true story behind the formation and delayed triumph of Straight No Chaser is obviously ripe for a feel-good feature film adaptation, and THR reports that DreamWorks has already tapped Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens, The Vow) to direct and Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Big Miracle) to pen the screenplay. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing alongside Kallman. Watch the video that brought the group to stardom below.