Remaking Valley Girl as a musical is a process that began 11 years ago. This writer and director carried the torch and finally brought it home.
Today, Amy Talkington is an executive producer on Little Fires Everywhere, but 11 years ago she saw that MGM wanted to remake Valley Girl and she felt she simply had to get the job. Her 'personal connection' to the source drove her to win the opportunity, but also the carry through the long process and deliver the finished film.
Director Rachel Lee Goldenberg came onto the project much later, but her strong career in television and comedy helped her land the gig. Together they championed a unique shared vision for what is more than a remake, but almost a re-envisioning of the original with a modern sensibility.
For filmmakers, these two offer lessons abound on how to approach a pitch, how to wait out the slow periods, and how to handle the craziness of the industry. Valley Girl comes to streaming platforms everywhere on May 8, 2020.