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Disney execs had a feeling Frozen was going to be a hit, but it’s blown away their wildest expectations. Two months into its run, the winter-themed musical has grossed over $315 million domestic with another $400 million-plus worldwide, and counting. Those numbers are better than the first release of The Lion King (not counting inflation or 3D) and with an Oscar nomination and possible win coming soon, the sky is the limit for the film.

That also means Disney is looking at ways to expand the brand. A theme park ride is possible, a sequel is all but inevitable, and now Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted they’ve begun to discuss following shows such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King with a Frozen Broadway musical. Read More »

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While most people in Hollywood keep their creative process secret, Kevin Smith is an open book. He loves to let his fans in on every thought and idea, which usually means we get to imagine various different projects in various different forms. Every creative type changes their mind about things; usually, however, they do it in private. Not Smith.

In Smith’s world, he continues to keep us in the loop. His retirement, Hit Somebody, Clerks the Musical, and Clerks III  have all taken various different forms over the years and yet none have seen the light of day. It’s just how Smith prefers to work, with his heart on his sleeve.

The latest change relates to Helena Handbag, a script Smith started writing based on a Smodcast story. It’s about “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus” and while Smith originally thought he could make it as a low budget feature, now he’s developing it as a stage musical. Read More »

Allan Loeb

Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in the works for a full decade at this point, but it’s been slow going. One of the last updates we got on it was that 21 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were negotiating to direct, but even that ultimately amounted to nothing as they’ve since moved on. However, it finally seems to be gaining some fresh momentum as Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the musical comedy.

As for what’s inspired this sudden uptick in activity, well, we’re not privy to the conversations that took place. But if we had to guess, we’d say that Frozen‘s lasting success probably had a little something to do with it — Bob the Musical has long had Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write the tunes. Hit the jump for the latest on this long-gestating project.

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The first image from Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys is now online. It doesn’t feature any stars, however, just the four members of the Four Seasons at the heart of the show, played by John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda. What’s interesting about the image is it looks almost like a carbon copy of the Broadway show. Is Eastwood doing a more theatrical film adaptation, ala Chicago? Or will it be more realistic, like Les Miserables? We’ll discuss below. Read More »

NWA

It’s been a while since we got an update on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of the iconic rap group N.W.A. But not only is the project still alive, it’s taking a significant step forward.

Jonathan Herman has just been hired to write the project, which still has F. Gary Gray attached to helm. Additionally, the movie has a new studio — Universal is taking over now that New Line’s pulled out. Get the latest dirt on the movie after the jump.

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20th Century Fox’s remake of the musical Guys and Dolls is starting to get lucky. Earlier this year, the studio closed a deal to remake the Broadway musical turned award-winning Hollywood film starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were mentioned as two possible stars. However, at that time, no one was officially attached because there was still no script and Fox has now hired someone to remedy that. They’ve tapped Danny Strong, who adapted The Hunger Games: MockingJay into two films, to put the tale of Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson on the page. Read More »

Little Orphan Annie

Sony may have moved Annie into the present day, but a first-look image reveals they haven’t gotten rid of the sunny charm that’s kept her so beloved all these years.

The picture shows Quvenzhané WallisJamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne performing the classic tune “Tomorrow” in the streets of New York City. Everyone looks like they’re having a blast, perhaps because it’s tough not to when they’re surrounded by balloons and trailed by an entire marching band. Check it out after the jump.

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Cats

Of the five longest-running musicals in Broadway history, one (The Lion King) was based on a film, and three others (The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables) have had movies made of them. Now it may be Cats‘ time to shine on the silver screen.

Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed in a recent interview that Universal is working on a cinematic adaptation of the feline musical, and that we have the success of last year’s Les Mis to thank for it. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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