Disney has hired Brian Robbins to direct and produce Jailhouse Rock, according to Variety. The film is based on the true story of an American Idol-like singing contest held in an Arizona jail.
The film is based on an article from the L.A. Weekly and revolves around Bret Kaiser, a heavy-metal musician-turned-detention officer at Arizona's Tent City, the fourth-largest jail in the country. Kaiser, whose life rights are part of the package, rallied thousands of inmates to participate in the "Inmate Idle Singing Con-Test." Cell block hostilities were curtailed as inmates rallied around the contestants. Alice Cooper was a guest judge for the finals.
Robbins just finished directing Starship Dave starring Eddie Murphy.