Producer Galt Niederhoffer has nabbed the rights to the life stories of teen pop sensation Hanson, and will produce a feature that will star the three members of the band, and be directed and scripted by Morgan J. Freeman.
The tale of the Mercury Records act featuring Isaac, Taylor and Zachary Hanson — Isaac is the oldest at 17 — will likely take on an indie feature edge reflecting the sensibilities of Niederhoffer and Freeman.
The pair preferred the indie route when they teamed on “Hurricane Streets” (formerly “Hurricane”), which was the most decorated film of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. The pic marked Freeman’s directorial debut.
Sources said the Hanson pic could boast a potent soundtrack, the rights for which Niederhoffer is in the process of securing.
The band’s debut has sold more than 1.5 million copies in just 13 weeks of release. It is one of the several success stories at Mercury under the 22-month-old regime of label prexy/CEO Danny Goldberg.
The disc’s first single, the catchy ditty “Mmmbop,” has become a radio staple, and the success of the band has earned the members the covers of innumerable teen magazine.
Earlier this year, Niederhoffer pacted with Mammoth Records for the soundtrack to “Hurricane Streets” (Daily Variety, April 4). The disc boasts tracks from Sublime and Marcy Playground, among others.
MGM nabbed the distribution rights to the film earlier this year (Daily Variety, Jan. 30).