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Beach Boys to Get Their Own 'Mamma Mia!' With New Film

John Stamos to produce feature based around the band's music

October 4, 2010 3:32 PM ET

 

The music of the Beach Boys will be the centerpiece of an upcoming film, Fox having won the rights to the movie in a bidding war, according to The Hollywood Reporter . But the film will not be a biopic: Instead, the music will be used for a fictional story, like ABBA was with Mamma Mia! and the Beatles were for Across the Universe. John Stamos, who has toured with the Beach Boys as their drummer, will produce, along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray).

Related Beach Boys Consider Reunion For 50th Anniversary

Screenwriter Suzannah Grant, who created the scripts for Erin Brockovich and the upcoming Christina Aguilera flick Burlesque, will write the still-untitled film. The Beach Boys have twice before inspired biopics, altough they aired on TV. Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys, from 1990, was followed a decade later by The Beach Boys: An American Family, which was also produced by Stamos. 2011 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys.

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