Avril Lavigne to make Sk8ter Boi a movie
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By Andy Malt | Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8ter Boi” isn’t just a great songwriting feat, it’s one of the great contributions to storytelling history. And so it makes perfect sense that, 20 years after its initial release, the song would be turned into a feature film.
It’s an old story, of course. The boy loves the girl. The girl (secretly) loves the boy. The girl rejects the boy because of their incompatible social groups. The boy becomes famous as an adult. The girl is rightly pilloried for not committing to spending the rest of her life with a boy when she was fifteen. Her punishment is for looking after her child knowing that he is now with Avril Lavigne.
So, finally, someone is planning to make a film for the incel market. Regardless, Lavigne revealed his intention to make a movie based on the song while discussing his upcoming 20th anniversary – it released in 2002 – on iHeart’s She Is The Voice podcast.
“Recently, as the 20th anniversary approached, a lot of people asked me to play this song on TV shows, so it keeps coming back and people will always refer to it to me,” she said. “And so, I’m really going to turn this song into a movie and take it to the next level.”
“You know how it was in high school,” she continued. “You’ve got all the different groups and cliques, and there’s, like, skaters and preps and jocks. It’s a bit like a missed opportunity in love. The skateboarder boy is in love with the preppy girl and she is too cool for him, but in five years she is going to be feeding the baby and she is all alone and she would have liked to follow her heart and not try to meet society’s expectations. . .
It’s unclear if the plan is to make a light teen comedy in the vein of “Mean Girls,” or a noir arthouse film about a woman filled with regret and resentment for her young child. The latter probably directed by Lars Von Trier.
The idea of turning ‘Sk8ter Boi’ into a movie isn’t exactly new. In 2003, Paramount Pictures hired screenwriter David Zabel (best known for his work on ‘ER’) to adapt the song into a story for the screen. It’s not clear if Lavigne’s new project has anything to do with this.