Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films and ageless TV host Dick Clark will boogaloo together for a feature version of the longtime TV skein “American Bandstand” at Universal Pictures, the companies confirmed Monday.
Jersey and Clark will both produce. No director is attached, but scribe John Logan has been inked to script.
Pic will be about four generations of kids who became instant stars because of the show and how they are affected by that fame. Clark told Daily Variety that the film would also explore how the pop music from the show, which lasted from 1952-89, charted the history of the country.
“Most of the music is the soundtrack of our lives,” said Clark. “Everything we do, whether it’s falling in love or getting a job, everything that’s run through your head, there’s a song playing behind it.”
Clark said it was unlikely that he would appear in the film, but there certainly would be a character of him and he might do some voiceovers.
Logan has a number of high-profile projects in development as a scripter. He’s writing “RKO 281” for Ridley Scott to direct and his company Scott/Free to produce. Project is about the relationship between publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and filmmaker Orson Welles during the making of “Citizen Kane.”
Logan has finished “Pure Evel,” a biopic on the motorcycle stunt star Evel Knievel set for Universal. Marco Brambilla is set to helm that project and produce with Jesse Dylan.
Logan also just sold “Blood Moon,” a pic described as “The Birds” with bats, to Motion Picture Corp. of America for Dale Pollock to produce.
CAA’s David Styne, Brian Siberell and Justin Connolly rep Logan.