THE BONE RANGER If you think a hip-hop movie set in the Old West sounds like a crazy idea, you’re right — a Krayzie Bone idea, that is. The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony singer is developing a rap Western called ”Ghetto Cowboys.” Bone will star as Sawed-Off Slim, a Robin Hood-style outlaw on the run from the law and in a race to claim a secret stash of treasure. ”I watch a lot of Westerns,” says Krayzie. ”’The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’; ‘The Wild Bunch.’ ‘Young Guns’ is my favorite. Man, that was the s—.” The movie has yet to be cast (”I could see Da Brat or Eve in there, and maybe Mary J. Blige and Ice Cube,” he says. ”I don’t just want to stick to musicians; I also want to have [professional] actors”). But Krayzie says the script has drawn serious Hollywood interest and he’s hoping to start shooting by the end of the year. And what about a soundtrack? ”It’s gonna be something nobody ever expected in the industry, period,” Krayzie says. ”It’s gonna be hip-hop finally clashing with country. It’s going down.” Sounds like a fistful of dollars to us.
FOUNTAIN HEAD Fountains of Wayne cofounder Adam Schlesinger is quite an in-demand ‘toonsmith these days: After writing six songs for last April’s ”Josie and the Pussycats,” Schlesinger is regrouping with his bandmates to work on the theme song for an animated VH1 sitcom being developed by Time writer Joel Stein. The as-yet-untitled, unscheduled show — set at a fictitious rock magazine — will include mini-Fountains of Wayne videos that will move the story along. ”It’s similar to what Jonathan Richman did in ‘There’s Something About Mary,”’ says Schlesinger, whose energy is clearly not waning. He recently produced the Verve Pipe’s upcoming September album, ”Underneath”; he plans to meet this month with the newly label-less Fountains to work out material for their next disc; and he has been approached to contribute to the planned theatrical adaptation of Tom Hanks’ 1996 movie ”That Thing You Do!”, whose title tune earned Schlesinger an Oscar nomination. ”I tend to bite off more than I can chew,” Schlesinger admits modestly. ”And then somehow make it work.” –Brian M. Raftery