Avril Lavigne’s hit single “Sk8er Boi” is going to be turned into a movie. Paramount Pictures has optioned the song and hired “ER” writer/producer David Zabel to adapt its words into a feature film to be produced by Paramount-based MTV Films and Alphaville.
The song, which captures the divide between cliques and cultures, is about a teenage girl who rejects a skater boy with a crush on her because her friends didn’t approve of him — even though she secretly likes him. Years later, he becomes a famous rock star and she is left with regrets.
Because the song has become an anthem for teenagers, the film will be true to spirit of the song. Also titled “Sk8er Boi,” the feature will focus on the two teens from different backgrounds and the social constraints in which they find themselves. The project, though not a musical, will have a heavy musical component in the style of the studio’s previous hits “Flashdance,” “Footloose,” and “Save the Last Dance.”
Scott Spock, Lauren Christy and Graham Edwards — the writing-production team collectively known as the Matrix who co-wrote with Lavigne and produced “Sk8er Boi,” among other hits, on Lavigne’s debut Arista album “Let Go” — will act as consultants on the screenplay. They also will create an album with new original songs around the movie and executive produce the soundtrack.
“Sk8er Boi” topped Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream airplay chart, and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100. “Let Go” peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.