Bret McKenzie (The Muppets)

Bob the Musical has been in development for over ten years at this point, with everyone from the Lego Movie directors to the Frozen composers linked at various points. But the latest incarnation seems to be picking up steam, with a high-profile team on board.

Tom Cruise has been circling the Disney movie since April, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is attached to direct. Now award-winning music composer Bret McKenzie (The Muppets) and screenwriter Michael Chabon (John Carter) have joined the party as well. More on the Bob the Musical Bret McKenzie and Michael Chabon news after the jump. 

THR reports McKenzie will compose tunes, and Chabon will work on the screenplay. Bob the Musical follows an ordinary guy who, following a head injury, gains the ability to hear the song in everyone’s hearts. The affliction turns his life into a neverending musical, much to his dismay. Cruise is flirting with the lead role. Tripp Vinson, Chris Bender, JC Spink, and Beau Flynn are producing.

McKenzie served as music supervisor on 2011’s The Muppets and won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet.” He’s also known as one-half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, with What We Do in the Shadows co-director/star Jemaine Clement.

Chabon is a celebrated novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his comic book-inspired The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His movie credits include Spider-Man 2, John Carter, and Jon Favreau’s upcoming Magic Kingdom, and his books Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh were turned into films.

Mike Bender (Not Another Teen Movie), John August (Frankenweenie), Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (City Slickers), Matt Fogel , and Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages) have each taken a crack at the script over the past several years. Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen) have worked on the music. Directors who’ve come and gone include Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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