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Fox's musical dramedy Glee has travelled back in time in the figurative sense, as the singing high school characters dabble in the works of beloved artists or musical styles of yesteryear. But from the sound of Lionsgate-Summit's project Time After Time, actual the musical genre will be merged with actual time travel, and there's a tie-in to Glee, as Brad Buecker has been tapped to direct the film.
Deadline shared the news today that Buecker will direct the musical, which was written by playwright Brian Yorkey. If hearing the title Time After Time has resulted in a Cyndi Lauper song playing in your mind, you're probably on the right track, as the story follows a teenage girl who ends up stuck in the 1980's and befriending her mother. Deadline mentions that Yorkey is currently doing a rewrite, so that premise may or may not be tweaked a bit.
Buecker's directing credits include work for two of Ryan Murphy's series, Glee and American Horror Story. He also served as a supervising producer on Nip/Tuck in addition to co-executive producing Glee and AHS. It's his experience from Glee that will likely prove to be the most useful with a job like this, as the film is described as playing out "like a John Hughes movie." Whether or not Time After Time manages to hit that standard remains to be seen, but from what we've heard so far, I'm anticipating something more in the vein of Freaky Friday (or some other film in which a teen's perspective is changed by some unusual event like time travel or body switching), with a musical twist. Updated covers of '80's pop hits like the one referenced in the film's title may also be in the works.
And, just in case I'm the only one with this song stuck in my head now...
...If you're lost, you can look and you will find me...