“Birdie” debuted on Broadway in 1958, but probably is best known for the 1963 movie version that starred Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke. It centers on a popular singer named Conrad Birdie (who was loosely based on Elvis Presley) who is about to be shipped off to the army, but decides to give one lucky girl from his fan club a farewell kiss. Of course, love, mayhem, and musical numbers follow.
Columbia has been trying to get an updated remake off the ground for several years, with one version centering on a hip hop star. Tina Fey has taken a crack at writing it, as has “Step Up 2 the Streets” director John Chu, but no one is currently at work hammering out a script.
That’s soon to change with Shankman on board — if he can spare time between directing “The 8th Voyage of Sinbad” for Disney, and “Bob: The Musical.” Good thing he’s a choreographer.
MTV readers, you’re all music fans. How would you tackle this remake? A hiphop star? A rocker? Who’s the music man you would chose to replace Elvis Presley? Sound off below…