BEVERLY HILLS, California — On the heels (pun intended) of her “Take My Breath Away” and “Angels” covers, Jessica Simpson is remaking an older classic, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”
Simpson’s version is a duet with her “Dukes of Hazzard” co-star Willie Nelson and will be the first single from the movie’s soundtrack (see “Jessica Simpson To Record Duet With Willie Nelson” ). Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the track, which Nancy Sinatra made famous in the ’60s.
“Loretta Lynn also did a version, so we took elements of both [Lynn and Sinatra’s] and funk-defied it a little bit,” Jam said at Monday’s 22nd annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Awards. “And Jessica wrote a whole new set of lyrics that put her in the Daisy Duke character in the movie.”
Simpson will also portray Bo and Luke Duke’s sexy cousin in the video for “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” which Brett Ratner is directing in Los Angeles this week.
According to the treatment, the video will open with Simpson working as a waitress at the Boar’s Nest, where she accidentally incites a bar fight. Inspired by “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and other musicals, the choreographed chaos happens around her, but never touches her or Willie Nelson, who sits at the bar. Eventually, a group of girls in Daisy Duke shorts enter and turn the brawl into a hoedown.
Meanwhile, footage of Simpson in a bikini, washing the General Lee, will be intercut with the bar scene.
Ratner, before moving on to direct the “Rush Hour” movies, as well as “Red Dragon” and “After the Sunset,” was a prominent video director whose clients included D’Angelo and 98 Degrees, the former group of Simpson’s husband, Nick Lachey. He most recently returned to videos with a pair for Mariah Carey.
Along with the movie and video, Simpson and Nelson will appear together on “Nick & Jessica’s Tour of Duty” variety special, airing Monday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” is due in theaters August 5.