Avril Lavigne Is Making a Feature Length Movie Based On Her Most Famous Song

By Erika Hanson | 1 month ago

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When Avril Lavigne first landed on TV in 2002 with her grungy tomboy image accompanying her breakout hit, Complicated, her image was somewhat of a mockery. With songs like Sk8er Boi quickly toppling the charts, even the critics couldn’t stop the young musician from rising to success. Twenty years later and a completely reimagined persona, the 37-year-old musician is apparently feeling nostalgic for the old days as she sets out on her latest journey to turn her most popular hit into a feature-length film.

Speaking on the She is the Voice iHeartRadio podcast over the weekend, Avril Lavigne spoke of the upcoming project when discussing the nearing 20th anniversary of her breakthrough single, Sk8er Boi. Stating that the popular song has been requested at an alarming rate with the upcoming anniversary, the singer also revealed that the pop-punk song is still one of her favorites. “You know what it was like in high school, you have all the different groups and cliques, and there’s like skaters, preps, and jocks. It’s kind of like a missed opportunity at love. The skater boy is in love with the preppy girl and she’s too cool for him but then five years from now she’s feeding the baby and she’s all alone and she wishes she would have followed her heart and not tried to live up to society’s expectations.”

Written by Avril Lavigne herself, the grammy-nominated song told the story of typical high school love antics. When the skateboarder has a crush on one of the most popular girls in school, the girl fails to reciprocate feelings, even though she has them. Letting her friends’ prejudice sway her decision, the music video depicts the “sk8er boi” becoming a famous rock star (even playing on MTV) while the queen bee of high school suffered a more tragic outcome as a single mother.

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As a catchy tune, Sk8er Boi was well-received by fans and critics alike. The song even attracted plenty of accolades for Avril Lavigne, including a coveted landing on the top ten billboard charts for multiple countries. Selling over 1.8 million copies worldwide, the song was widely considered a staple amongst the pop-punk music movement that paved the way for the mainstream success of bands like My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday. 

The eight-time Grammy-winning singer got her start in the music industry at the young age of 16 when she signed a 2 album contract deal with Arista records. The pop-punk queen had a wild start to the century, and while her stardom tended to shrink as she aged, her records are still largely successful. Her latest album, Head Above Water hit shelves in 2019 and saw similar success as it reached the top ten in numerous countries. As for upcoming music, Avril Lavigne released her new single, Bite Me, recently. With raving reviews, the new song is being dubbed the pop-punk queen’s comeback.

While news of the upcoming film is surely exciting to longtime fans of the musician, it also brings up memories of controversy surrounding Avril Lavigne. In 2007, Chantal Kreviazuk, who wrote with Lavigne on her second album, accused her of plagiarism. Criticizing her songwriting, he claimed she wasn’t the sole contributor to the lyrics of her early hits. Despite the negative attention, Lavigne stood strong on her stance that she was the creator behind her songs saying, “I am a writer, and I won’t accept people trying to take that away from me.”

Other thanAvril Lavigne’s announcement last week, there has been no other news on an upcoming film rendition to Sk8er Boi. Presumably in early-stage development, there is no news whether or not a major studio has picked up the project. If it goes through, it won’t be Lavigne’s first jaunt in the movie industry. Previously, Lavigne voiced a character in the 2006 animation Over The Hedge. While little is known about the upcoming movie, one thing is for sure: we will definitely get our share of skater nostalgia.