It’s All Happening! Back in June we reported that Showtime picked up the pilot for Roadies, a new 1 hour series directed by Almost Famous screen-writer & director, Cameron Crowe. The project is moving forward and the characters have been revealed & casted.
The show is being billed as a comedy that will follow the day & the life of the road crew for a successful touring rock band. Shooting for the Pilot will take place in Vancouver from Jan. 19 to Feb. 11 with production being based out of North Shore Studios.
Cameron Crowe will executive produce the pilot, along with Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman.
[Related: Roadies Pilot Picked Up By Showtime]
The 1 hour pilot will star Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor and Rafe Spall. The pilot will follow “the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road” with Luke Wilson as the sober and “sleep-deprived” tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the “outspoken and passionate” sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as “offbeat American anglophile guitar tech” Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who “knows less than zero about the music business.”
Keep in mind this is just a pilot episode – a standalone episode that is used to sell the show to a television network. Most pilots are never publicly screened if they fail to sell a series to a network. If the series is picked up, it’ll be Cameron Crowe’s first TV Project.
“J.J. and I have been talking about it for some time. We’re fans of crews, those workers up on the rigging towers, or walking feverishly with eight phones on their belt, those quietly devoted people live huge lives, they’re often the real keepers of the flame. So happy to also be telling these stories,” shares Cameron Crowe.
If you’re any fan of music & movies, then you’re familiar with the cult-classic Almost Famous that came out in 2000. Cameron Crowe directed the film and won an Oscar for it with best original screenplay. The film is loosely based on his own experience as a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine. And as of this writing, it is available to watch on Netflix.
Stay tuned for more information as soon as it’s made available to us – It’s All Happening!
Article By: Mike Patti