A couple of years ago Laura Ambler and I wrote a movie script about Adam Lambert and his time on American Idol in 2009. It was Season 8 and Adam was the runner-up that year.
The script was about some Glamberts who were determined to attend the final show in the competition and meet Adam. As we researched the songs he sang on Idol we were stunned at how the lyrics spoke to the personal issues in our characters lives. So we put some of them in the script.
Later we realized we couldn’t shop the script unless we had permission to use the song lyrics. And we never could quite figure out the rules. Until this weekend when there was a blog post on BookBaby that tells you exactly what you can and cannot do in your writing. Kudos to Scott McCormick for pulling it all together and making it clear. I printed out the post and put it in my file with the script which will probably stay in the drawer. (I’ve published a number of our scripts on Kindle, but not that one. We’d get sued.)
P.S. While I was trying to find a photo of Adam Lambert I could use (this one came from his FaceBook page) I discovered that Adam has been touring with Queen for the past six years as the band’s frontman. I guess if I was a Glambert I would have know that.
Laura and I had just seen the movie Rhapsody this week. It was amazing! Adam is a great singer but no one will ever be as good as Freddie Mercury.
Adam played a cameo in the movie. The blink-and-you-miss-it moment happened during a scene where Mercury (played by Oscar deserving Rami Malek) is at a truck stop on Queen’s first-ever North American tour. He calls fiance Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton) from a pay phone for a quick check-in while a suitor (Lambert) is waiting for a public restroom hookup in the background.