‘Band’ apes Monkees idea

Musicvid helmer Quested to direct; teen singer Smith to star

With an eye toward creating a modern-day Monkees, Michel Shane and Anthony Romano will produce teen comedy “Band on the Run.” Pic should begin production early next year.

London-born musicvid and commercials helmer Nick Quested will direct the pic, budgeted under $10 million and wholly financed through private equity. Teen singer Cameron Smith will star.

Written by Michael Stiles and George Oliver, “Band on the Run” is the story of four struggling rockers who teach snowboarding by day; they meet a femme fatale promoter and get mixed up in a crime they didn’t commit.

Pic will see cross-promotion via a line of comicbooks about the band developed by Jeff Gomez’s Starlight Runner Entertainment. The producers also are developing a six-part reality show detailing a star search for the band members.

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