THR are now reporting that Paramount are in talks with the star’s management, as well as with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s production shingle, Imagine Entertainment, to develop a documentary-style 3D film centred around the singer-songwriter that will of course include footage of Perry performing too.
The talks are still in the early stages, and there’s still no word on a potential director yet, but it sounds like everyone’s eager to make it happen, so it’s just a matter of working out the finer points. Paramount are thought to want to use the model they found success with in Justin Bieber’s 3D concert movie/documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which took almost $100m. at the international box office, from a $13m. budget.
Naturally, you might remember that another recent concert movie, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, didn’t do quite as well, taking in just under $20m. from its $9m. budget, so no doubt Paramount will want to ensure that they consider what could have gone wrong there and avoid it.
Perry is well known for both her talents as a singer and as a performer, so it makes a lot of sense to produce a film around her. With record sales across the world topping 10m., and digital track sales in the US at more than 37m., there is clearly a substantial potential demographic in place for something like this.
The artist also found success last year delving beyond music, guest-starring in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, before going on to lend her voice to the summer blockbuster The Smurfs, taking the part of Smurfette, and the film was a unexpectedly huge success, turning a $110m. budget into more than $500m. at the box office.
It may still be early days for this new project, but I can imagine that if all sides are eager to make it happen, we’ll be hearing more on its progress before long. For now, here’s the brilliant video for Perry’s fantastic single, Firework. I dare you not to enjoy it.