J.J. Abrams on Showtime’s ‘Roadies’: ‘Only Cameron [Crowe] Could Have Done This’

Roadies Premiere
Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock

The premise for “Roadies,” a music drama that chronicles the lives of a popular rock band’s road crew, originated back in 2008, executive producer J.J. Abrams told Variety Monday night at the Showtime series’ Los Angeles premiere.

Though Abrams and “Roadies” creator Cameron Crowe discussed the project for a number of years, neither was sure if the series would ever come to fruition. That was until Crowe paid a visit to Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions a few years ago and began penning the script.

“He wrote a script that was, for years, this thing I’d been hoping I would get to read, which is Cameron Crowe’s experience with the people who are in the shadows running these shows that never get any of the spotlight or recognition– it’s the passion of music that brings them together,” said Abrams, clarifying that “only Cameron could have done this.”

Related

Roadies Showtime

‘Roadies’ Sneak Peek: Carla Gugino Pulls Back the Curtain on Cameron Crowe’s New Series

Crowe also commented on the writer-producer duo’s longtime relationship, adding “We made a promise to each other that if I were to ever enjoy the benefits of working in TV, we’d do it together.”

Like Crowe’s 2000 drama “Almost Famous,” which drew inspiration from Crowe’s stint as a music journalist and earned the auteur his first Oscar, “Roadies” boasts a “based in reality” storyline.

“We either saw it, knew it happened, heard it happened or knew it to be true, so that everything would be authentic,” Crowe said of “Roadies'” plot details.

The pair was joined on the red carpet, which was stationed at Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Theatre at Ace Hotel, by co-stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor, Richard Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and executive producer Winnie Holzman.

“Roadies” premieres June 26 on Showtime.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading