.

Mick Jagger Bringing '20 Feet From Stardom' to TV and Broadway

TV series would be scripted, focus on singers working with contemporary artists

Tata Vega, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Maxine Waters, and Oren Waters in '20 Feet From Stardom'
RADiUS-TWC/Courtesy Everett Collection
January 22, 2014 12:50 PM ET

Mick Jagger is planning on spending some time out of the spotlight so others can have a turn. The Rolling Stones frontman is currently looking into turning 20 Feet From Stardom – the Oscar-nominated documentary that tells the stories of several important backup singers and featured interviews with Jagger – into a one-hour scripted TV series and a Broadway musical. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both adaptations would concentrate on the lives of backup singers who support music luminaries, but the TV series would depart from the film's subject matter by focusing on contemporary artists.

Darlene Love's Lost Years and Sweet Redemption: Read the Full Story

Jagger said he is hoping that some of the singers featured in the documentary, such as Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer, will appear in the Broadway version. Love previously appeared on the Great White Way in the Broadway adaptation of John Waters' film Hairspray.

The Stones singer would executive produce the TV show with Victoria Pearman, who has produced several Stones-related films including 2012's Crossfire Hurricane and 2010's Stones in Exile, via their Jagged Films company. The film's director, Morgan Neville, would also serve as an executive producer.

After its Sundance premiere last year, 20 Feet From Stardom went on to become the highest-grossing documentary of the year. The film covers the history of backup singers, touching on Ike Turner's Ikettes and focusing heavily on the stories of singers including Love, Tata Vega, Claudia Lennear and two women who have sung with the Stones, Lisa Fischer and Merry Clayton – the latter of whom recorded the haunting "shot away" backup line on the Stones' "Gimme Shelter." "I was kicking ass and taking names every time I opened my mouth," Clayton told Rolling Stone last year about her experience as a backup singer. "I knew I was singing my face off."

Darlene Love recently told Rolling Stone that she literally screamed when she learned the documentary had received an Oscar nom. "My husband was in the other room and said, 'What? What?'" she said. "Now they can put 'Oscar nominee' next to my name along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Movies Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

 
www.expandtheroom.com