Beach Boys film project picked up by Fox

2:17 PM PST 10/01/2010 by Borys Kit, AP

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and John Stamos among producers

Fox 2000 has picked up a an untitled Beach Boys project which revolves around the band's music but is not a biopic.

The project is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team responsible for "Hairspray" and the new "Footloose," which is shooting in Atlanta for an April 1, 2011, release.

Also producing is John Stamos, who has toured with The Beach Boys as their drummer and whose association with the Boys goes back to when he appeared in the music video of "Kokomo."

Susannah Grant, who worked on the upcoming musical-themed "Burlesque" movie starring Christina Aguilera, is on board to write the project, which is not a biopic but takes a similar tack to "Mamma Mia!" which built a story around the music of ABBA.

Plotlines were not revealed.

The acquisition was made in a heated bidding environment, with Fox beating out Universal as the price tag surfed up to the seven figures.

It was a busy end of the week for Fox, which also picked up "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," an adaptation of the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley producing and Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct.
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