Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, we’ve grown well acquainted with Judd Apatow‘s improv-heavy, raunchy-sweet brand of comedy. But the filmmaker isn’t content to rest on his laurels. Instead, he’s considering branching out with a different type of project altogether.
In a recent profile, Apatow revealed his ambition to write a play about the criminal justice system. To make matters even more surprising, it may actually end up being a drama. More after the jump.
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Guillermo Del Toro is known for being busy, but this past few days have been ridiculous. The director of the upcoming Pacific Rim just signed for his follow-up project, Crimson Peak, agreed to co-write the sequel to Pacific Rim, a trailer is coming out soon, the viral marketing has started, and now he’s revealed one of his most famous films will be turned into a stage musical.
Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro’s Oscar-winning 2006 fantasy about a young girl’s discovery of a secret world, will soon be adapted into a musical. The project has a book (the stage version of the screenplay basically) written by Del Toro and Jeremy Ungar. They’ve hired Paul Williams to do lyrics and Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla to write the songs. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The worlds portrayed by Studio Ghibli are so vivid, colorful and imaginative, it seems almost silly to try and picture them realistically. They’re animated for a reason. One film that has a particularly grounded feel though, at least as far as Ghibli goes, is Hayao Miyazaki‘s Princess Mononoke, and that’s probably the reason why Ghibli has officially licensed a London theater group to put on a live-action stage production. It’s the first-ever of its kind.
Princess Mononoke, adapted by the Whole Hog Theatre, will run from April 2-6, 2013 at the New Diorama Theatre in London. This announcement was originally made in July and prompted quite the response, with the run completely selling out in 72 hours.
After the jump, find out more about how Whole Hog plans on adapting one of Miyazaki’s masterworks and how you might be able to see it yourself. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Given Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s experience as TV- and movie-makers, it seems inevitable that their first stage musical (with Robert Lopez) The Book of Mormon will get turned into a film at some point. Especially given that it’s now a bona fide hit. The show picked up an impressive nine Tonys at the 2011 ceremonies, including Best Musical, and has proved popular enough to spawn a North American tour and upcoming produtions in Chicago and London.
But months after the play’s March 2011 debut, Stone and Parker were emphasizing that though they might want to do a movie “in several years,” nothing was in development at that moment. A year later, it seems not much has changed. In fact, Parker says they “don’t talk about it too much right now.” If and when adaptation gets going, though, the pair are certain they’ll want to direct it themselves. Read their comments after the jump.
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Director Jon Favreau is looking for unknowns to star in his upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. Over the next two weekends, in Philadelphia and New York, he’s looking for male singers to audition for the four lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the legendary music group at the center of this classic rags to riches story. This means that if you live on the East Coast, are male and can sing, you may just become a superstar.
The site also mentions the film will begin shooting in New York in January 2013. Read more about each role after the jump. Read More »
The Disney film to Broadway transition worked for Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, is currently working for Newsies, and might soon take a carpet ride through Agrabah. At a recent Disneyland performance, songwriter Alan Menkin mentioned that the hit 1992 musical Aladdin might soon be making its way to Broadway. This isn’t exactly a huge surprise, however, as a musical version of the show has already been performed in Seattle, St. Louis, and is currently on stage in Utah through October. It features several songs originally cut from the movie and a few minor plot twists as well. Read more about Menken’s quote, and the show, after the jump. Read More »
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a remarkable piece of work. The brainchild of writer/actor/director John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the play and film it spawned are a whirlwind of romance, longing and sexual politics all presented as a glam rock musical. I never caught the stage version, and put off seeing the film for some time, but when I finally caught the film I realized I had been very dumb for sleeping on it. The story is unique and wonderful as it gives a perspective on gender identity and keeps the characters feeling very familiar and relateable.
There have been questions about a Hedwig sequel over the years, but Mitchell never seemed much inclined to go back to the character that launched his career. (And, in fact, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a pretty self-contained story.)
But now there’s word that Mitchell is writing a sequel. Presumably this will begin life as a stage production, but if it does well, we might hope for a film version as well. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
These days, it’s no longer enough for a movie to just succeed by itself on the big screen — if there’s a movie spin-off, theme park attraction, board game, or stage adaptation to possibly be made of it, someone, somewhere is already working on it. Such is the case with Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh‘s male stripper pic based on the real-life experiences of star Channing Tatum. Although the film itself won’t open for another few days, screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin says they’ve already been cooking up plans for a Broadway run. Hit the jump for details.
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