Babyface May Join "Josie And The Pussycats"

Finally, the true story can be told.

According to "The Hollywood Reporter," one of the most influential animated bands of all time, Josie and the Pussycats, is headed for the big screen with a little help from Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

Babyface and his wife Tracey are reportedly talking to Universal Pictures about producing the music for the upcoming live-action adventures of the cartoon girl group. Babyface's Edmonds Entertainment would also reportedly get a production credit on the movie.

"She's All That" star Rachael Leigh Cook has reportedly landed the plum role of Josie in the film, which will be directed by "Can't Hardly Wait" directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. The "Reporter" notes that Cook hopes to do her own singing for the film.

Children of the '70s will recall "Josie and the Pussycats" as an animated television series, but the group first turned up in a series of comic books. "Josie and the Pussycats" debuted in 1970 and found

the band (Josie, Melody and Valerie) stumbling into hijinks and misadventures while on the road with friends Alan, Alexander and his sister Alexandra.

After two years, the gang took their shtick into orbit for "Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space," which followed a similar formula, only with spaceships. Production on the show ran for two years until 1974, and both titles have remained in syndication since then.