Is a potential sequel to the teen comedy-drama road film directed by Tamra Davis in the works?
To coincide with the release of Britney Spears’ much-anticipated memoir, “The Woman In Me,” on October 24, the 2002 teen comedy-drama road film, “Crossroads,” which starred Spears as Lucy Wagner, is also set to return to the big screen for two nights only on October 23 and 25, 2023, alongside a new soundtrack. It’s been years since the movie was originally released, but lately, it has been getting a lot of attention, all thanks to the scheduled release attached with the “Oops!… I Did It Again,” singer memoir through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Based on a screenplay written by Shonda Rhimes, the movie is set in Georgia, and it centers on three teenage girls on a cross-country road trip as they find themselves and their friendship in the process. With the special screening happening this week, many fans have once again started to wonder if there is a chance that a potential sequel might also be in the works behind the scenes. After all, the film’s director, Tamra Davis, recently did an interview where she talked about this subject, to which she says that there have been conversations about following up with the 2002 movie.
“I’m currently working with Van Toffler, who was the producer on it, and he’s [mentioned it],” Davis told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. Further adding, “I think he’s been talking to Britney about it, with her management. Britney, I don’t think she really wants to act so much, but I know Ann [Carli] spoke to Shonda [Rhimes] about something, and Shonda had an idea, so who knows if that will have life.” Moreover, if in the near future by any chance a sequel happens, Davis hopes that Rhimes is involved with the project “because she’s just so brilliant.”
“You could see on her first feature film what an incredible voice she had and her understanding of female characters,” she added. “We were all girls behind the camera telling this story about girls in front of the camera. It was such an important voice at that time.”
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Though nothing has been officially confirmed about the sequel, it’s good to know that the interests of the director and the demands of the fans for this movie are still being acknowledged. In addition to this, Spears herself also opened up about her real experience while filming Crossroads, as she was also involved with the development of the movie by creating the concept that was later expanded by Rhimes. Recently, the pop megastar wrote in an excerpt shared with PEOPLE that “method acting” during the filming of the dramedy, despite it being a box office success, was unexpectedly disorienting.
“The experience wasn’t easy for me. My problem wasn’t with anyone involved in the production but with what acting did to my mind,” Spears, now 41, wrote about her experience while working in the movie.
“I think I started Method acting — only I didn’t know how to break out of my character. I really became this other person. Some people do Method acting, but they’re usually aware of the fact that they’re doing it. But I didn’t have any separation at all.” She writes in the book: “I ended up walking differently, carrying myself differently, talking differently. I was someone else for months while I filmed Crossroads. Still to this day, I bet the girls I shot that movie with think, She’s a little…quirky. If they thought that, they were right.”
After the shoot, Spears came to the conclusion that acting wasn’t her calling.
“That was pretty much the beginning and end of my acting career, and I was relieved,” she admits. “I imagine there are people in the acting field who have dealt with something like that, where they had trouble separating themselves from a character.” Spears continues to write, “I hope I never get close to that occupational hazard again. Living that way, being half yourself and half a fictional character, is messed up. After a while you don’t know what’s real anymore.”
In addition to this, in Spears’ memoir, which comes nearly two years after she was released from her court-ordered conservatorship after 13 years, the singer has further taken on her acting experience and from the early excerpts, it’s clear that the singer has not held back in detailing all other aspects of her life, which are packed with bombshell revelations, including all the major ups and downs through her career, which led her to be often credited as the “Princess of Pop”, for influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
With her memoir all set to hit the shelves within a few hours around the globe, we are certain that the fans will be ready with their copy to know more about their idol’s life behind all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, which so far has been kept as a secret. According to a press release from Gallery Books, the singer’s memoir “illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms,” and the book promises to reveal “for the first time her incredible journey (and) strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.”
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