Brian Robbins, the same guy who brought us Varsity Blues (loved it), The Shaggy Dog (not so much) and Norbit (another miss), will team with Disney to direct and produce Jailhouse Rock.
Brian Robbins to Direct Jailhouse Rock
Robbins will produce Jailhouse Rock with Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and David Klawans.
Based off of a true L.A. Weekly article, Jailhouse Rock revolves around Bret Kaiser, a heavy-metal musician-turned-detention officer at Arizona's Tent City, the fourth-largest jail in the country. Kaiser, whose life rights are part of the package, rallied thousands of inmates to participate in the "Inmate Idle Singing Con-Test." Cell block hostilities were curtailed as inmates rallied around the contestants. Alice Cooper was a guest judge for the finals.
"I don't see this as a prison movie as much as about the healing power of music," Robbins told Daily Variety. "Like Coach Carter, which came from a newspaper article we read, there's nothing better than real-life drama."
Robbins recently wrapped Starship Dave starring Eddie Murphy.