OK, so maybe they aren't turning all
their movies into Broadway musicals, but it sure seems like it. According to Variety
, The Weinstein Co. is out to produce a number of adaptations for the stage, beginning with Finding Neverland
, which is expected to hit the stage in 2010 (or re-hit the stage, since the movie was based on a play by Allan Knee
). After that, it's a stage version of Pink Floyd's The Wall
(apparently adapted from the album, not Alan Parker's 1982 film
). Then, other titles in the pipeline include the Miramax hits Shakespeare in Love
, Save the Last Dance
and Cinema Paradiso
. Wait, a stage musical based on a movie that celebrates moviegoing? That's gotta be one of the dumbest things I've heard.
These certainly aren't the first movies to be
adapted for the stage, and they won't even be the first stage productions from the Weinsteins, who also had a hand in Tony-winner "August: Osage County," as well as the hit stage adaptation of The Producers
and the soon-to-be-a-film "
Frost/Nixon." The Finding Neverland
musical is already being written, with book by original playwright Knee and music by "Grey Gardens" composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. The Wall
also is in the works under the care of playwright/screenwriter Lee Hall
So far, it appears TWC is only adapting Miramax films, from back when the Weinsteins were in charge there, but maybe one day we'll get to see "Grindhouse: The Musical" or a stage adaptation of Fanboys
(maybe it can even hit the stage before theaters, at the rate it's going).