Rex Manning Day - April 8th - took place this past Sunday, so it's only fitting that the announcement was made over the weekend that Empire Records is being turned into a musical.
Original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen and composer Zoe Sarnak have joined forces to create a musical adaptation of the cult nineties classic, aiming for a 2020 Broadway debut.
Taking place over the course of one day, the movie followed a group of record store employees who try to keep their business from being bought, while also trying to keep their washed-up guest musician Rex Manning happy, all while dealing with other, typical teen dramas.
The film starred an impressive number of Hollywood names including Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane and Johnny Whitworth. It's not clear if any of the original cast will have involvement with the project, though could you imagine if they did?!
The show's producer Bill Weiner spoke about the lasting power of the film in an interview with Rolling Stone:
"The film has developed a cult audience over the years, and addresses issues that people of all ages can identify with. It also evokes an interesting period in time, the Nineties, where the music business was changing – and a lot of people remember that as part of their youth. I knew we had something when I would tell people about the show and consistently see faces light up – everyone has a story, whether it’s that they saw the movie 10 times, stole the video cassette from an older sibling or the soundtrack was the first CD they ever purchased."
Meanwhile, Carol spoke about how the new script would still relate to the youth saying: "I think the way that teenagers feel about music hasn’t changed – they define themselves by it."
Agreed, Carol! We can't wait to see how this turns out.