Music industry players collaborating on Par pic
Country music superstar Garth Brooks has teamed with Grammy favorite Kenny (Babyface) Edmonds to shepherd the music-driven thriller “The Lamb” for Paramount Pictures.
Brooks, producing partner Lisa Sanderson and Edmonds Entertainment principal Tracey Edmonds will produce the pic, which is set against the backdrop of a high-powered music tour.
Kenny Edmonds will executive produce “The Lamb” and produce a number of the songs on the pic’s soundtrack album, which will feature performances by Brooks. It will be the first time the pair have gone into the studio together. Don Was is slated to produce the remainder of the tracks.
“The Fugitive” scribe Jeb Stuart has signed on to pen the psychological thriller about an overzealous female fan and the effect a superstar musician has on her life.
The pic will offer moviegoers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a superstar’s career, Sanderson told Daily Variety. To learn more about the music industry, Stuart will soon go on the road with Brooks, who is winding down a three-year world tour.
Brooks and Sanderson have been developing “The Lamb” for several years, and recently brought it to Tracey and Kenny Edmonds, who have a first-look deal at Fox. All four pitched the project to execs at a number of studios, including Paramount’s Sherry Lansing.
“Sherry was fantastic, her enthusiasm and support from day one has been great,” said Sanderson.
Sanderson wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an acting role for Brooks but said, “We’re committed to making the best possible movie. We’re going to develop the script and define the characters first.”
Brooks, who has expressed an interest in acting, has never appeared in a feature film. On TV he has hosted “Saturday Night Live” and appeared in the sitcoms “Empty Nest” and “Mad About You.”
In addition to “The Fugitive,” Stuart’s writing credits include “Die Hard,” “48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours.” He was repped in the deal by UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer.
Prolific songwriter, producer and performer Kenny Edmonds has received more Grammy nominations than any other non-classical artist of the decade. Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” was the first album in history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop and country charts.
Edmonds Entertainment, whose production credits include the Fox pic “Soul Food,” was repped by WMA’s Michael Gruber.
Brooks and Sanderson’s Red Stroke Entertainment is repped by WMA’s Nicole David.