Turning movies into Broadway musicals may still be a hot trend (the latest to hit the stage to mixed reviews is Saved!), but the idea of turning movies into operas is gaining heat. Just two weeks ago, we heard about an operatic adaptation of the global-warming doc An Inconvenient Truth. And today The New York Times reports that the New York City Opera has commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen to create an opera version of Brokeback Mountain. Of course, the production won't necessarily have anything to do with Ang Lee's Oscar-winning 2005 film. The Times notes the commission is for an opera based on Annie Proulx's original short story.

So, we may not get to see Jack Twist sing the line "I wish I knew how to quit you." But the plot of the story is pretty much the same as the movie, and therefore fans of the latter will likely find the opera just as appealing. Such a melodramatic tale, about the romantic relationship between two young married men, should feel right and appropriate for the highly emotional medium. It may seem a bit silly to imagine an opera featuring costumes consisting of plaid button-downs and cowboy hats, though. What do you think? Are you interested in seeing Brokeback Mountain: The Opera? And are there any other movies you'd like to see get the opera treatment?

The New York City Opera plans to premiere Brokeback Mountain in 2013.

[via Vulture blog]