‘American Idol’ Finalists Could Become Movie Stars

Show's creator/producer shopping the idea of producing a film starring program's two finalists to several Hollywood studios.

It’s not just an idol threat — “American Idol” creator and producer Simon Fuller has big plans to make the show’s contestants into stars, even beyond the runaway hit show’s original scheme of launching the musical careers of a couple of unknowns.

Fuller’s been shopping the idea of producing a film starring the program’s two finalists to several Hollywood studios, according to spokespeople for the network and Fuller’s production office.

The film, which Fuller conceives of as a musical, would be set during the time between college graduation and employment, a time in Britain commonly referred to as the “Gap Year.” Though no firm date has been set, the plan would be to release the film by late spring of next year, to coincide with the climax of the second edition of “American Idol,” a Fox spokesperson said.

The starring movie role would be yet another prize for the show’s winner, as the finalist will also score a record deal with RCA. The label will release a single by the winner on September 24, the contestant’s final song performed on the program’s last episode. That song will have been road-tested during the week before the final episode, when the top two contestants will leave New York and appear in various cities along the way back to Los Angeles. During this time, the two singers will record the song composed for the winner. The winner will get to release that song as a single, while the runner-up will find his or her version on the compilation American Idol: Greatest Hits, which is due out October 15. The compilation will feature the initial 10 finalists, with two tracks per finalist. The winner also gets to release a full album, due out November 26.

A tour, featuring the 10 finalists, is also being scheduled for October through November, according to the label.

Finals for “American Idol” air live on September 3 and 4 from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Fox.