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Posted at 4:55 AM ET, 10/ 2/2010

Pop Culture Pulse: A 'Beach Boys' musical in the works?

By Jen Chaney

The Beach Boys -- following Abba to the silver screen? (Capitol Records)

Moviegoers could soon be picking up “Good Vibrations” from the big screen. According to a report in Variety, 20th Century Fox has snagged the rights to a musical based on the songs of the Beach Boys.

The script has not been written -- Susannah Grant of “Erin Brockovich” fame has been tasked with that job -- but reportedly it will unfold “Mamma Mia!” style, with the tracks punctuating the moments in a fictional story. Let's just hope that former Interior Secretary James Watt -- the man who got the Boys banned from the National Mall in the early '80s -- somehow makes a cameo appearance. []

By Jen Chaney  | October 2, 2010; 4:55 AM ET
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I am a little conflicted about this idea. I love the Beach Boys. And their songs are pretty much about the same thing (girls, surfing) unlike the crazy melange of odd that was ABBA and the no-really-we-can-make-this-work that was Movin' Out.

But I only want to hear Beach Boys music sung by them. When Brian Wilson finally finished Smile it wasn't the finished BB tracks plus new, he redid the whole thing with other singers. Just didn't work for me.

I wouldn't mind a James Watt appearance, but I think it'd be more fun to have cameos by all the other famous people associated with that group. John Stamos toured with them in the later years, as did The Captain and Tennille as band members during their heyday and before they themselves became famous.

It better be a good story though and not about a girl and her three dads. Just girls and surfing. (If they can make a helicopter land in Miss Saigon, surely they can make a wave pool for this -- but would I want to sit in the Splash Zone?)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 2, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

td, didn't Glen Campbell play with the Beach Boys briefly? He was also with The Champs on "Tequila" (and was a highly-regarded studio musician before his solo break-out).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 2, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Glen Campbell. Forgot about him, Nosy. Good one.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 2, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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