American Idol Movie in the Works?

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Did Simon Cowell learn nothing with From Justin to Kelly?

The American Idol judge was not involved in that fiasco, which may explain why he still think a movie inspired by his hit reality show could be a success.

Enter Star Struck.

The film's plot is a hybrid of a fictionalized American Idol-like show and Alan Parker’s 1980s’ film Fame. Star Struck follows the lives of ten celebrity-hungry contestants as they pursue their fifteen minutes.

“The story is told through the eyes of those ten contestants,” Cowell said. “We want it to be the musical version of Rocky — an underdog story, a feel-good film. Fame was all about young people wanting to be famous, and in order to do that, they enrolled in a drama school; everyone who wants to be famous today signs up for American Idol.”

To further the life-imitating-art-imitating-reality narrative, Star Struck will be cast via nationally held auditions and the film will open with Cowell presiding over potential candidates, just like those first weeks of Idol. Cowell is aiming for a summer 2008 release date.

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