Cameron Crowe picked up an Academy Award for screenwriting when he sent a young Rolling Stone reporter on tour for Almost Famous in 2000. The director is enamored with that particular type of music lore so no surprises that his first foray on the smaller screen will focus on somewhat similar fare.
The director is set to begin production on a pilot for Showtime with J.J. Adrams on board to produce. Roadies will follow a successful rock tour but instead of focusing on the musicians in the band, the story will be told through the eyes of the crew.
Showtime Networks president David Nevins:
Cameron Crowe is one of my all-time movie heroes, Winnie Holzman created and wrote one of my favorite TV shows ever. J.J., among many other things, is a consummate television producer. Best of all: The comedy script they've come up with together is brilliant, original and full of life.
Crowe sounds characteristically upbeat about it too:
I love that we're finally doing Roadies, J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. We're fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt. Those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they're often the real keepers of the flame.
The concept sounds interesting as are the people involved too. Abrams' has a reputation as a nurturing presence on set so it just adds to that image to hear he shares an interest in this sort of behind the scenes life. The Star Wars director added:
Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best, We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined.
The director has had a shaky run since picking up that Oscar but we'll stay tentatively on board for this one, but will you be tuning in too? Drop us a line in the comments below.