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Oh, and it's a musical
Normally, putting the names Sandra Bullock, John Legend, and Akiva Goldsman together might sound like a random batch of Hollywood word salad -- or at least a weird game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- but that is no longer the case. This unlikely trio has teamed up to create a new series for Amazon that musical fans won't want to miss, especially if they're feeling nostalgic for the '80s.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three Oscar-winning talents are putting their heads together to develop a musical series for Amazon loosely based on Bullock's own experience in college.
Bullock is an Arlington, Virginia, native who was primarily raised in Germany and Austria as a result of her father's military service, but she returned to the South to attend college at East Carolina University in rural North Carolina, and the show will take its cues from that era. The untitled series, which will feature music and dance, will be set in deep South in the 1980s and follow a group of outcasts who dare to define their own identities in an oppressive culture. The show will explore the various issues of the era, including drag culture, mental health, and the AIDS epidemic.
The script for the project will be written by K.C. Perry (The Originals), with Legend on tap to develop the music, which will span the pop and gospel genres of the time. Bullock, Goldsman, Legend, and Perry will also all serve as executive producers on the new series.