Is it time to start referring to the "Teen Dance Movie" as its own genre of film? It's alarming how many of these movies are being announced, never mind that they all have roughly the same plot. And now The Weinstein Company is interested in suckling the teen dance teat. They have just bought the North American rights to Make It Happen, which starts shooting next month. The film is described as "a dance movie set in the world of burlesque." I'll admit, my interest in the film went from zero to ten by the time I reached the end of that sentence. It's amazing how just one word can change my opinion of a movie. They're shrewd, these Hollywood types. It seems like a sure way to double the box office -- dancing and romance for the ladies, half naked women for the gentlemen.
As we told you earlier, Make It Happen will star the lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse) as "a small-town woman who moves to Chicago with dreams of entering the Chicago School of Dance but winds up working in a burlesque club." The club "proves to be a place of conflict and self-discovery." Sadly, I don't think the filmmakers and I are on the same page with the phrase "self-discovery." Winstead is currently in theaters playing John McClane's daughter in the surprisingly solid Live Free or Die Hard, and I have a feeling Mr. McClane wouldn't approve of her new role at all. Make It Happen co-stars Riley Smith and Tessa Thompson, who played Jackie Cook on Veronica Mars. Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) will direct the film. Duane Adler wrote the script -- he also wrote Save the Last Dance and Step Up so it's clear the guy can tackle any genre. Teen dance movies, movies about dancing teens, films involving people between the ages of thirteen and nineteen who move their feet rhythmically -- Adler can do it all.