The cultural influence of the 90s and early 2000s is experiencing a resurgence. This era has not only captivated the nostalgic Millennial generation for decades, but Generation Z is also thrilled by the look of this era. The desire to return to the simpler times of bucket hats, Fila shoes and boy bands is greater than ever. Recently Netflix’s mega hit Wednesday was a successful reinterpretation of the classic film from the 90s. Now NSYNC have finally gotten back together to play new music for an upcoming blockbuster. The nostalgia train is in full swing because Britney Spears has returned with her classic film.
Britney Spears’ feature film debut in the fan favorite Crossing from 2002 will be back in theaters next month. The Queen of Pop’s first film will coincide with the release of her new memoir, The Woman in Me. This will be the long-awaited book exploring Britney’s high-profile battle to end her father’s 13-year conservatorship.
Crossing The focus is on three childhood friends who rekindled their friendship while traveling across the country. The concept of the film was designed by Britney herself. It was written by the up and coming Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Bridgerton). The film featured an ensemble cast that included not only Spears, but also the young Zoe Saldaña and Taryn Manning (Orange is the new black), as well as Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd.
The film was produced by MTV Films and Paramount Pictures as they wanted to capitalize on the popularity of Spears, who was at the peak of her music career. The film would be a box office success, grossing a total of around $61 million ($104 million today) against a budget of $12 million. Despite receiving mediocre reviews as a straight-up teen coming-of-age dramedy, Spears was celebrated for her compelling performance.
The re-release is billed as a fan event, with a bonus singing along to two Britney Spears songs from the film that were not included in the original. RCA Records is also releasing Crossroads: Special Edition. This is a remastered soundtrack that includes three new remixes: “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”, the Snakehips remix, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, the Frank Walker remix, and “Overprotected,” the Richi Lopez remix . This exclusive theatrical release will also include merchandise opportunities.
The main obstacle to this fan event is that it starts two weeks after the highly anticipated concert film. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. It will be a shortened version of Swift’s current music tour, but guarantees the full concert experience. The film is expected to gross $100 to $125 million on its opening weekend alone. Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records are hoping to bring in the same demographic Crossing also a special presentation.
Tickets for Crossing will be available from September 28, 2023, while the re-release is scheduled to hit theaters on October 23 and 25, 2023. Gallery Books will premiere Britney’s book The Woman in Me on October 24, 2023.
Do you think Britney can keep up with Taylor? Or will they attract the same fan base?