Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a film called Queen For a Day.
Set to star Elizabeth Banks, the film tells the true story of a 1986 MTV contest wherein the winner would score a date, movie screening and private concert with Prince and The Revolution. Deadline broke the news, and offers a few further details on the plot:
"The studio staged Win A Date With Prince, an MTV contest in which the 10,000th caller won a date with the rock star. Actually, more than a date: the studio would stage a premiere of Prince’s film in the winner’s hometown, followed by a concert toplined by Prince and The Revolution. The winner was Lisa Barber, a young lady in Sheridan, Wyoming who cleaned hotels and was a big Motley Crue fan. The movie is inspired by an article about the Cinderella story date, but the movie will be about how the event changed the lives of two very different women – the Manhattan PR exec responsible for the event’s success and the shy, awkward contest winner from Wyoming, whose town becomes the unexpected nexus of all things Prince for one unforgettable night."
Intriguingly enough, Queen For a Day will not feature an actor playing Prince, but will instead focus on the "herculean effort" that went into organizing this contest, and the "coke-fueled chaos" that went on behind the scenes. Quite frankly, all of this sounds like it'll make for a more entertaining film than Under The Cherry Moon, the movie Prince was promoting at the time this contest took place (sorry, Under The Cherry Moon).
Nothing further to report at this time, but we're way into this project and will be keeping an ear to the ground for further updates. Stay tuned for more on Queen For a Day as it becomes available.