Simon Napier-Bell's movie about '80s pop duo Wham! may be in trouble, according to The Guardian. No, you didn't read that wrong. There is, indeed a movie about Wham! in the works. But the film's future hangs in the balance until George Michael consents to the use of the group's music.
According to the article, Napier-Bell "raised doubts" over whether that would happen. A Wham! movie without Wham! music would be like... Do you remember that scene in Amadeus where the performers are dancing around like idiots in silence because Ferris Bueller's principal prohibited music?* Now imagine how much sillier the "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" video would have looked if it had been performed by spastic mimes. Ferris Bueller's principal (aka Emperor Joseph II) eventually saw the error of his ways, but will George Michael?
Everything ever-so-slightly old is new again, as the decade of the '80s takes over the mantle of sequels, nostalgia and remakes that once belonged to previous decades. There are remakes of Footloose and Clash of the Titans on the way, new versions of Robocop and Red Dawn in the offing, and a big-budget Wham! movie percolating like 20-year-old coffee that inexplicably costs a hundred million dollars to make. With all that nostalgia wafting through the air, I guess it was just a matter of time before Alex Cox picked up on the scent and decided to make a sequel to Repo Man.