2 new interesting musical projects are on the cards, and you know Babs is happy about that.
Although one of them is not entirely enticing to me, the other I am elated about.
The first news is that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct another remake of “A Star Is Born”, yes another one *groan*
Don’t get me wrong, I love the storyline of ASIB I am just not sure it needs to be revisited. This time announced to take on the lead role is Beyonce Knowles. Although she was ok in the movie adaptation of “Dreamgirls”, she was only just ok. I can sense a whiff of camp and perhaps baby-breath in the air, but then again Mr Eastwood can direct with great restraint. Her leading man will be an interesting choice, black or white? Puff Daddy or Robert Downey Jr are among the rumours. At least she will not have another diva alongside her to steal her thunder as the brilliant Jennifer Hudson did in “Dreamgirls”.
Hot on the heels of the TV success of Glee comes an new TV musical project.
NBC have ordered a pilot for “Smash”, a one hour musical series about the mounting of a Broadway musical based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Broadway musical. TV writer/playwright Theresa Rebeck wrote the script and is executive producing with Spielberg,. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of “Hairspray” fame will pen original songs for the show. Negotiations are underway for Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening) to direct. Babs is absolutely thrilled and over excited about this one. Although the pilot for a HBO series “The Miraculous Year”, another Broadway based drama (reported in earlier posts) never eventuated 😦 I wonder if it will ever turn up as a tele-movie or a bootleg DVD? I hope so.
I do hope that the pilot for “Smash” is a smash and the uprising of the musical genre continues on its way. All Babs needs now is the proposed film version of Steven Sondheim’s “Follies” to eventuate, now that would be divine.
- NBC Picks Up Pitch For Hour-Long Musical TV Show Produced by Steven Spielberg (slashfilm.com)
- NBC Orders the Next Glee? (omg.yahoo.com)
- Beyoncé Knowles To Star In Clint Eastwood-Directed Remake Of ‘A Star Is Born’ (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- Clint Eastwood and Beyonce Finally Collaborating On Musical Film (escapistmagazine.com)