Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams Team Up on ‘Roadies’

Cameron Crowe Roadies Pilot at Showtime
Cameron Crowe (Photo Courtesy of Showtime)

Cameron Crowe is ready to rock again with Roadies, a new comedy pilot he’s writing and directing. Showtime’s given the greenlight to the Roadies pilot which has Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) attached as showrunner and Crowe, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk executive producing. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is producing Roadies along with Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions.

The one hour pilot could lead to a half-hour Showtime series.

“Cameron Crowe is one of my all-time movie heroes,” said David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. “Winnie Holzman created and wrote one of my favorite TV shows ever. J.J., among many other things, is a consummate television producer. Best of all: the comedy script they’ve come up with together is brilliant, original and full of life.”

“I love that we’re finally doing Roadies,” said Crowe. “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 with SHOWTIME, and also with one of my very favorite writer-producers ever, Winnie Holzman. Let’s get this show on the road!”

Crowe’s Almost Famous, the semi-autobiographical tale of a Rolling Stone reporter shadowing a band, earned the filmmaker a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001. Roadies returns him to the rock and roll world, following the “day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung background players – the crew members who help get the show on the road.”

Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best,” said Abrams. “We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined. Showtime is the perfect home for these characters – and there is no one I’ve been hoping to work with more than the truly brilliant Winnie Holzman.”

Source: Showtime

-By Rebecca Murray

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