Rick Astley Writing Movie Musical, Promises Never to Give You Up
Fresh from his 'live rickroll' performance at the Macy's Day Parade late last year, pop icon Rick Astley is rolling his way into a new project — writing the audacious movie musical "New York Cowboy".
Rick Astley's career revival may be based on people being tricked into seeing him, but the 80s pop star is now counting on fans buying actual tickets. Not only is Astley again headlining the Here and Now nostalgia tour, but the man who promised to never give you up, let you down, run around and desert you ... is writing a movie musical.
New York Cowboy will tell the story of a small-town boy who moves to New York City in the 80s. It is not, in other words, an autobiography.
And, unlike Astley, this musical ain't made for the stage -- he conceived of it as a direct-to-cinemas production after hooking up with "a guy in California" to pen his musical movie masterpiece.
"My wife's now a movie producer so I read a lot of scripts and I'm really passionate about films," Astley said in a recent interview. "One day I thought, 'Well, why don't I write one?' And it turned into a musical – but not for the stage."
Astley "hooked up with a guy in California", he told the Times, and after writing a script the two are now seeking an agent. "I'm not fooling myself – nothing may come of it and I totally understand that, but as a process I have loved it. When you're writing frothy pop songs the lyrics can be a bit 'whatever', they are hooky and you just sing them because they work. But writing these songs ... Do they call that a libretto?"
But if "New York Cowboy" gets Astley as many views as "Never Gonna Give You Up" he'll be the one laughing in the end.
Get ready Hollywood, there's a new cowboy in town.