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Twelve years after its debut, it seems Plain White T’s hit track “Hey There Delilah” is about to be given new life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the song is getting adapted into a scripted television series. The nostalgic emo-pop track will extend its shelf life as a romantic dramedy that producers are describing as a “contemporary fairy tale.”
The new TV show will follow the trials and tribulations of a modern, long-distance relationship. The series is expected to expand on the song’s lyrics about a struggling musician promising his New York University girlfriend that once she graduates school, they’ll be together, pledging that he’ll write her a song on the night they meet.
Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson came up with the concept for the TV show with theatre writer Jeremy Desmon (Pump Up the Volume, One Hit Wonder) and Michael Barra of Lively McCabe Entertainment. Desmon is set to write the script while Barra will produce alongside Plain White T’s manager Deb Klein.
“It’s been more than a decade since ‘Hey There Delilah’ was released, and people always ask me about it. A whole lot of people really connected with that song, and I’m very proud of that,” said Higgenson. “I’m so excited to have an opportunity to give a new generation the chance to form their own connection with the song, and fall in love with its story through this new project.”
“Hey There Delilah” was the third single off the alt-rock band’s 2005 sophomore album All That We Needed. The tune wasn’t an instant chart-topper but rather a sleeper hit. The track topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year and later earned Plain White T’s two Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a duo or group.
The show’s producers plan to pitch the series to TV studios later this month. In the meantime, Plain White T’s eighth studio album Parallel Universe is set to drop August 24.