Ryan Murphy Plans ‘One Hit Wonders’ With Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce And Andy Samberg

UPDATE: Beyonce’s camp says that she isn’t attached to One Hit Wonders, so perhaps this was a bit of over-exuberance on the part of the filmmakers. Still a crazy good cast if you ask me.

EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure preemptive deal, Sony Pictures is collaborating with Ryan Murphy on One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg.

Murphy is attached to direct, and he will write the script with his Glee cohorts Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy will produce with Paltrow (who has practically become a Glee cast member) and the latter makes her debut as a producer on this film. Murphy hopes to direct it after he completes The Normal Heart.

Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz will play three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group. Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts will be involved in generating music for the film, I’m told. The project came out of a dinner Murphy had at the Soho House with Paltrow, Diaz and Witherspoon. They wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas until they settled on One Hit Wonders. Murphy, who made Eat Pray Love with Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, took the pitch to her. Pascal bought it 10 minutes in. They are working the deals right now. Murphy previously made a big deal with Sony for a follow-up picture he’ll direct with Julia Roberts starring. Sony’s Elizabeth Cantillon and Hannah Minghella will steer the project.

 

Comments (61)

  • Well, let’s see . . .

    Gwyneth “Paltry” Paltrow
    Cameron Diaz
    Ryan Murphy

    Three strikes . . . you’re out!

    Comment by CynicalCritic — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:05pm PST  
  • I’m not usually a Ryan Murphy fan, but this sounds really fun.

    Comment by G — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:07pm PST  
    • The only way I can see this working is if they turn this into a super-campy, no-holds-barred bitchfest the likes of which have not been attempted since “Death Becomes Her.” Think about it: Bad Teacher, Tracy Flick and Goop with dialogue from the creator of Sue Sylvester. It will make “Valley of the Dolls” look like the The Waltons.

      If they try and make the characters likable, I’ll pass.

      Comment by Jane Hudson — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 5:03pm PST  
  • Sounds interesting… I always thought, “That Thing You Do” should be remade with all girls and one guy. Looking forward to it.

    Comment by Tosh — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:09pm PST  
  • And what exactly is Beyonce’s involvement?

    Comment by Amy — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:11pm PST  
    • Beyonce plays the “backup singer” who was really the lead singer on all 3 hits by these gals.

      Comment by Randy F. — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 4:14pm PST  
      • What, when she was 10?

        Comment by Jace — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 6:51pm PST  
  • I guess it’s only a matter of time before he makes a watchable movie, right?

    Comment by Right? — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:13pm PST  
    • This ain’t gonna be it.

      Comment by kieran — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 3:26pm PST  
  • You’d think she’d at least want to hear the end of the pitch before buying it. I mean, it’s not like he can take it to another buyer before the end of the pitch, can he?

    Comment by 10 Minutes In — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:20pm PST  
    • LOL

      Comment by aaron gibson — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 3:12pm PST  
    • She should have bought it after just one minute all she needs to know is who’s starring in it and what it’s about. Two minutes should be the maximum anyone needs to buy something like this.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 4:24pm PST  
  • Apparently Amy Pascal didn’t look closely at the losses on Country Strong not to mention Hot Rods or Duets and This Means War. Good luck, Sony!

    Comment by Laughing out loud — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:32pm PST  
  • Puke, more Witherspoon. I was hoping her latest flop had finished her off.

    Comment by You know who — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:45pm PST  
  • Paltrow is going to do everything to make herself a viable recording artist. I guess one rock star in the family is not enough.

    Comment by FTCS — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 2:54pm PST  
  • It sounds like it could be a lot of fun – especially with samberg working on the music!

    Comment by Cali — Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST  
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