9 Things You Didn’t Know About Crossroads

  
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The movie Crossroads – which starred Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning – was released in 2002. The story followed Lucy (played by Spears) and her two friends as they reunited for a cross-country road trip after having grown apart. Even though it received mostly negative reviews from critics, it became a box office success, grossing $61.1 million on a $10 million budget. Since the film just recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, here are 9 things you didn’t know about the movie:

9. Britney Spears Created the Concept for Crossroads

Britney Spears created the concept for the movie and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rimes, who was then an unknown screenwriter, developed it. According to Spears, she received a lot of offers for different films at the time, but there was something different about Crossroads because she could connect with it. “I really loved the whole moral of Crossroads. I was really inspired by the script, and by the friendship that the girls had, and just knowing that they all had their differences but at the end of the day they had each other,” she said.

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8. The Next Will Smith

Ann Carli, who had just left Jive Records where Britney Spears was signed, produced the film. After seeing Spears on Saturday Night Live, Carli thought the pop star had the potential to have an acting career like Will Smith, who she had worked with early on in his career. “I’d seen [Britney] on Saturday Night Live and I thought that she had something. I don’t think all music stars can necessarily cross over, but I’d worked with Will Smith at the beginning of his career, and I thought then he’s going to be a big star. And I had the same kind of feeling about Britney,” Carli told The Guardian.

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