Rick Astley – who has become a living, breathing, ginger pop culture phenomenon who’s almost, oddly, more relevant now than in the ‘80s – is working on a movie musical. The singer, having just appeared at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and all over your computer, says “nothing may come of” the script, but is shopping it around Hollywood to see if there are any takers.
“My wife's now a movie producer so I read a lot of scripts and I’m really passionate about films,” said Astley. “One day I thought, “Well, why don’t I write one?” And it turned into a musical – but not for the stage. It’s dominated by the songs I’ve written – they tell the stories – so I hooked up with a guy in California and we wrote the script together. We’re at the point of speaking to a few different agents and getting people to read.”
Astley described the film (which has the vaguely homoerotic working title of New York Cowboy) as being “about a young guy who sets off from a small town…to go to New York.”
The singer also modestly dismissed Rickrolling, saying: "It’s not about me, is it? It probably started with some kid in Smallsville, Arizona, who wanted a naff '80s video to trick his friend with, and he chose mine.” [NME, Times]