Cowell says: "The story is told through the eyes of those 10 contestants. We want it to be the musical version of Rocky -- an underdog story, a feel-good film." That is, at least, better than one seen through the eyes of a Cowell-type figure. Could you imagine?! He continues: "Fame was all about young people wanting to be famous, and in order to do that, they enrolled in a drama school. The difference 25 years later is that everyone who wants to be famous today signs up for American Idol." Well, I wouldn't go quite that far. If that's the case, the future of music is doomed beyond pop singers. And, there are still drama schools out there producing talent. It just sounds like he's trying to make this look like something other than a television spin-off.
Just like Idol, the leads will be picked from nationwide auditions similar to the ones held for reality television. Cowell hopes to start the process early next year, picking unknowns for the lead parts. "To enjoy the film," Cowell says, "you've got to watch the actors and believe that they are contestants on a reality show." The guy will be at these auditions, of course, and I wonder just how pissy he'll be to all the hopefuls. There's no word on whether he'll co-star as one of the judges, but I wouldn't rule it out.