Buzz out of Hollywood is that Sony’s subsidiary Screen Gems has acquired the rights to turn Ubisoft’s multimillion-dollar generating console video game franchise ‘Just Dance’ into a movie. Not only that, but Screen Gems won the rights over multiple competing studios! In all fairness, the ‘Just Dance’ games are the bestselling music games of all time, so there’s an audience– about 120 million players worldwide– but then again, it’s the bestselling MUSIC GAME of all time. In other words, you dance to it. There is no plot. There are no characters. It’s basically an instructional video. And MULTIPLE studios wanted to turn it into a movie!
Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin will produce for Ubisoft Film and Television, and will by Jodi Hildebrand and Will Gluck of Olive Bridge Entertainment. Gluck is known for writing and producing the 2014 remake of ‘Annie’, ‘Peter Rabbit’, and ‘Easy A’. He is expected to only be serving as producer on ‘Just Dance’. Another director is being sought, according to reports. Eric Paquette and Brian Dukes are overseeing the project.
The first ‘Just Dance’ game was released exclusively on Nintendo’s Wii in 2009, meaning that this is the ten-year anniversary. Even though the game borrowed its name from Lady Gaga’s big hit, that artist and this particular song weren’t included until ‘Just Dance 2014’. Prior to that, ‘Just Dance 3’ was the first edition of the game that was available on consoles other than the Wii, including Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s XBox 360.
This opened the door for many more musicians to be included, including Sony artists “Shakira, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Lopez, P!nk, and Calvin Harris.” Prior to this, cover versions of certain “off-limits” songs were used, which are kinda hilarious, adding bonus entertainment value. (Give it up for ‘Oops… I Did It Again’ by… The Girly Team? Or ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ by… Sweat Invaders?)
In case you were wondering, I completely SLAY ‘Rasputin’ from ‘Just Dance 2’. (This is NOT ME playing, but if you’ve made it this far, you may be interested to see how it works.):
How you turn that into a movie, I have no idea. But they made an ‘Emoji Movie’, so anything is possible. And with a soundtrack by The Girly Team, Sweat Invaders, Mick Jackson, Countdown Dee’s Hit Explosion (not to be confused with the Countdown Mix Masters, also included), Fast Forward Highway, The Gym Allstars, Hit the Electro Beat, Reggaeton Storm, Sentai Express, The Sunlight Shakers, Ultraclub 90, and of course A. Caveman & The Backseats, there’s no way it could fail!