Hateful Eight live read

As a film, Quentin Tarantino‘s western The Hateful Eight is dead. (Or it may not be, but don’t queue up for tickets any time soon.) The script, however, will come to life on stage at LACMA thanks to Film Independent. That’s the same outfit that promotes Jason Reitman’s Live Read series, which we’ve covered many times in the past. Now Film Independent has scheduled the ultimate Live Read, as Quentin Tarantino will direct The Hateful Eight once, live, on stage. Read More »

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Wicked movie

As cinematic classics Heathers and Rocky try their luck on the stage, two beloved stage musicals are eyeing a leap to the big screen. The long-awaited Wicked adaptation is reportedly “gearing up,” while Spring Awakening aims to get going later this year with McG at the helm. (Nope, not an April Fool’s joke.) Hit the jump for the latest updates on these movie musicals.

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Back to the Future

Two years ago Bob Gale cautioned Back to the Future fans not to believe everything they read with respect to the idea of the 1985 film becoming a Broadway musical. Now we know the real deal: the film is being turned into a London West End musical — a totally different thing! (That’s sarcasm.) The Back to the Future musical is real: Gale and Robert Zemeckis are working with Amblin, Universal Stage Productions (WickedBilly Elliot), and producer Colin Ingram on the stage work.

Music for the show will be written by Alan Silvestri, and Jamie Lloyd is directing. We’ve got a new statement from Gale, below, along with some more info.  Read More »

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At the end of 2012 it was revealed that Guillermo del Toro‘s film Pan’s Labyrinth was being adapted as a stage musical, inspired in part by Paul Williams and his film with Brian de Palma, Phantom of the Paradise. The director wrote the book for the show some time ago, and Jeremy Ungar and Williams were working out the lyrics with composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

We haven’t had an update on the project in quite a while, but that doesn’t mean it is dead. In fact, work continues apace, and Williams confirmed as much this past weekend. So this isn’t a big news break, but confirmation that a really odd and potentially interesting thing is still happening. Williams’ quote is below. Read More »

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Disney has a long history of bringing their successful film musicals into real life via the theater stage. Movies like Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid have all made it to Broadway. The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin are still (or soon to be) playing. There are rumors Frozen is in the works too, but before that can go into production a brand new project has been announced. It’s based on the 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and will feature the music and lyrics of multiple Oscar, Grammy and Tony winners Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, responsible for work like Newsies, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors.

The show will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA in October before a potential, but as-yet-unconfirmed, Broadway run. Read More »

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True to his word, Steven Soderbergh has retired from the movies for now. But it’s the last part of that phrase — “from the movies” — that’s important, because outside of the movies he’s remained as busy as ever. First, he transitioned into TV with the HBO film Behind the Candelabra. Then he jumped to a historical miniseries at Cinemax called The Knick.

Now he’s preparing to move into another medium altogether. Soderbergh is teaming up with Scott Z. Burns and Chloë Grace Moretz for The Library, an Off Broadway show being put on by New York’s The Public Theater later this year. More about his latest project after the jump.

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Frozen Elsa

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 »

Kevin Smith CBM

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 »

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