EW has the back story on ''Josie and the Pussycats''
Rachael was psyched, Tara was bleeding, and Rosario felt the love
The following is an excerpt from EW’s Feb. 16, 2001, issue. Pick up the magazine to read the story, from EW’s Spring Movie Preview, in its entirety.
When producer Allison Brecker arrived at Universal from Disney looking for a project, she remembered ”Josie and the Pussycats.” ”I took it to [Universal Studios chairman] Stacey Snider and she had the same nostalgic feelings about it I had,” Brecker says. ”But all we remembered was there were three girls that played rock & roll and solved mysteries.” A fan of writing – directing team Deborah Elfont and Harry Kaplan’s previous film, the 1998 teen comedy ”Can’t Hardly Wait,” Brecker brought the project to the duo.
”We said no. Three times, in fact,” Kaplan told EW on the set last September. ”We had done the ‘Brady Bunch’ sequel, worked on the ‘Flintstones’ sequel, and put together a pitch for a ‘Gilligan’s Island’ movie that was so bizarre they thought we were on crack. It wasn’t appealing to become those people who turn cheesy TV shows into movies. But we always wanted to do a music movie.”
”People look down on this project. They’re like, Wasn’t that a cartoon?” says Rachael Leigh Cook (”She’s All That”), who signed on to play Josie for a reported $1 million plus. ”Well, yes, but this is more than that. It’s a sociopolitical statement about the state of our materialistic, hype driven society, you know?”
Right. With babes in cat suits.
To add to the purr factor, Tara Reid (”American Pie”) was tapped to play bubbleheaded Melody. ”Melody’s like the family dog, always excited, always waggin’ her tail,” says the 25 year old actress, whose fiancé, MTV personality Carson Daly, has a cameo. And after auditioning scores of young women to play Val — including TLC’s Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes — Elfont and Kaplan added Rosario Dawson (”Kids”) to the meow mix.