Following their respective turns as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natalie Rushman/Black Widow and Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers, Scarlett Johnasson and Mark Ruffalo will be working alongside one another on a strikingly different project: a lower-budgeted, music-oriented drama titled Can a Song Save Your Life?.

Ruffalo’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind producer Anthony Bregman and raunchy comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow (there’s a combination) are producing Can a Song Save Your Life?, which is being written and directed by John Carney – the Irish filmmaker responsible for the 2006 Best Song Oscar-winning drama, Once.

According to the official Exclusive Media press release, Can a Song Save Your Life? revolves around the young Gretta (Johansson), a wannabe professional musician who moves with her boyfriend to New York, only to be left in the dust when her significant other promptly dumps her, after he lands a major solo contract. Gretta thereafter encounters an experienced record producer (Ruffalo) who’s also seen better days – and, sure enough, the two hit it off and unite to produce truly inspired and emotionally-authentic music that “captures the hearts of everyone around them.”

Between that somewhat corny narrative setup – and the more-than-a-little corny film title – Can a Song Save Your Life? reads as perhaps being a bit too gooey a melodrama, for its own good. However, the same thing could be said for Carney’s Once, which likewise reads as a drama that wears its heart on its sleeve, to a fault… and yet, that flick is easily one of the more universally-beloved films released in recent years (just ask Screen Rant‘s Anthony Ocasio). So, Carney deserves the benefit of the doubt, if only for that reason.

Grammy award-winning songwriter Gregg Alexander (of New Radicals fame) will be collaborating with Carney on the music for his new cinematic venture, which should be all the better able to attract attention, thanks to its two marketable leads. Not to mention, with Apatow lending a helping hand as producer, neither creative control nor financial support should be an issue, when it comes to Carney’s attempts to realize his “vision” onscreen.

Principal photography on Can a Song Save Your Life? is scheduled to begin by June 2012.

Source: Exclusive Media