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Camerone Crowe is turning Almost Famous into a musical

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Cameron Crowe arguably peaked with his 2000 semi-autobiographical Almost Famous, the story of a teenaged writer who tricks Rolling Stone into letting him profile a rising rock act on the road. His work’s been spotty since he scored an Oscar for the film’s screenplay, with projects like Aloha, Elizabethtown, and the forgettable Roadies dampening his otherwise solid oeuvre. It makes sense, then, that he’d return to the project that clearly piqued his inspiration, and that’s just what he’s been doing the last few years with his work on an Almost Famous musical.


Rolling Stone reports that Crowe has been teaming with composer Tom Kitt (American Idiot, Next To Normal) on the project, with Crowe penning the book and co-writing the lyrics alongside Kitt. A video posted to Crowe’s Twitter account finds Kitt playing the piano as the camera pans over a number of notes. Among the scribbles is “The Wind,” a reference to the Cat Stevens track to which Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane dances in the film. “Stillwater sound check” can also be spotted, as well as notes regarding the movie’s infamous poker game and a speech given by Dennis Hope, the character played by Jimmy Fallon.

“It doesn’t even feel like work,” Crowe told Rolling Stone. “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.”

Aside from that tease, there’s no further information as to when or where the musical might open. Nor is it clear whether or not Crowe has recruited Mark Kozelek, the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon songwriter who played a supporting role in the movie, to join the team (because he totally should).

In the meantime, revisit the movie’s most iconic scene and ask yourselves just how they’re gonna top this.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.