‘Britain’s Got Talent’: Susan Boyle’s story optioned into feature film

Deborah WilbanksSusan Boyle has become an international sensation ever since she first auditioned on “Britain’s Got Talent” back in 2009; and since having a play about her does not seem to be enough at the moment, it now appears as though the singer’s life is also prime to become a feature film.

Multiple sources have confirmed that Fox Searchlight, the studio behind many indie hits and Oscar-winning fare, have optioned the rights to do a film version of Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” musical that will combine music with the true story of her life. There is no screenwriter or director attached to the project yet, so it would still be years before we ever saw this hit theaters (if at all).

For many, Boyle was one of the first true examples of a reality TV rags-to-riches story. While we have seen the likes of Kelly Clarkson and even later One Direction become international superstars, no one entered a competition with the odds stacked against them quite like Susan. She was a woman in her late forties from a tiny village in Scotland, and from the moment she walked on the ITV program’s stage the audience mocked her as if she was destined to be one of the show’s token “bad acts.” Then, she started singing.

While Boyle’s album sales have diminished in recent years, her debut (also titled “I Dreamed a Dream”) sold more than ten million copies around the globe, and since that point she has also performed across several continents. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Susan’s success, though, is that despite the notoriety and her now-immense fortune, she still chooses to keep a relatively private life and spends much of her time in the same town that she lived in prior to her audition. Fame may change many people, but it certainly did not change Susan.

Do you think that this is a great idea? If you want to see some more details on Susan’s most-recent stage classics album, you can do so over at the link here.

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