The music-oriented film, to be directed by Todd Graff (Camp) will be produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through her Goldsmith-Thomas Productions. Summit will handle the worldwide distribution of the film which is scheduled to go into production next month.
Graf and Josh Cagan wrote the screenplay to the film which tells the story of Will Burton (Aiken) whose life changes when is moved to a new school where rock-n-roll rules the scene. He strikes up a friendship with another outsider played by Hudgens and the two are both surprised when the school's 'it' girl (Michalka) recruits Will to help her assemble a band to compete in the tri-state battle of the bands.
'Walden Media is delighted to introduce Will, an inspiring story about music appreciation that will speak to audiences of all ages,' said Walden Media chief executive Cary Granat in a statement. 'With a stellar cast and production team, a talented filmmaker and an exciting rock music score, we couldn't be more thrilled about working with Summit on this project.'
'Will is the ultimate feel-good movie and we are pleased to be doing it with our longtime partners and friends at Walden,' added Summit president of production Erik Feig. 'They have consistently delivered commercial movies that become events and we, for our part, have had a great experience with youth-oriented movies. We are very happy to be able to collaborate on Will with the talented director and cast Walden has assembled.'
Walden Media vice president of development and production Evan Turner will oversee the project for Walden. Feig and Summit vice president of production, Meredith Milton, and creative executive, Gillian Bohrer, will oversee the project for Summit. Walden Media senior vice president of business and legal Frank Smith negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Aiken is represented by Abrams Artists Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Michalka is represented by CAA and Lynda Goodfriend Management. Kudrow is represented by Endeavor. Hudgens is represented by WMA and Untitled Entertainment. Porter is represented by Gersh. Bowie is represented by CAA.
Summit has previously handled international sales for a number of Walden pictures such as Around The World In Eighty Days, Ghosts Of The Abyss, City Of Ember and Nim's Island.