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Directors Stephen Daldry and Jon Favreau close to helming a pair of major movie musicals

Jul. 12, 2012by: Alex Maidy
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The movie musical slowed down a bit in the last few years with ROCK OF AGES and BURLESQUE crapping the bed. But, LES MISERABLES looks to turn that trend around this Christmas. With so many Broadway shows still left unadapted, it was only a matter of time before these new announcements would be made.

Universal's long in development adaptation of WICKED appears to be capitalizing on buzz around Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. Stephen Daldry, director of THE HOURS, THE READER, and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, is their top choice to bring the Oz musical to the big screen. Daldry does have experience directing stage plays and musicals. Wicked is likely to be a very effects heavy musical and with Daldry's experience more in the realm of realistic drama, it is hard to say if that is a good or bad choice.

On the other hand, Jon Favreau has quite extensive special effects experience and yet he is close to being the director of JERSEY BOYS, based on the musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The IRON MAN director got his start with indie films and his involvement in both SWINGERS and MADE tell me he would be an interesting choice to helm this musical based on a true story.

Both JERSEY BOYS and WICKED were hugely lauded both critically and monetarily when they hit the stage. It is amazing that it has taken this long for them to get the Hollywood treatment. Daldry and Favreau are both talented filmmakers, so these choices should yield some pretty good movie quality.

Extra Tidbit: There is no shame in having favorite musicals. Mine are HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and MOULIN ROUGE. What are yours?
Source: Deadline

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1:41PM on 07/13/2012

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Would love to see Pippen get the big screen treatment. This is my absolute favorite musical of all time. It would be interesting to see elaborate settings and backdrops as opposed to the minimalist sets used on the stage.
Would love to see Pippen get the big screen treatment. This is my absolute favorite musical of all time. It would be interesting to see elaborate settings and backdrops as opposed to the minimalist sets used on the stage.
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12:34AM on 07/13/2012
I've not seen Jersey Boys, but Wicked definitely would make a great film. It rides on its fantastical visuals as much as the story and music, and in some cases in more so. It would be very important to cast the right people, especially since the chemistry and relationship between the leads is so important to this particular story. Perhaps they'll go with TV/film actors who have also played the roles before (Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty), though I doubt that.
I've not seen Jersey Boys, but Wicked definitely would make a great film. It rides on its fantastical visuals as much as the story and music, and in some cases in more so. It would be very important to cast the right people, especially since the chemistry and relationship between the leads is so important to this particular story. Perhaps they'll go with TV/film actors who have also played the roles before (Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty), though I doubt that.
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6:02PM on 07/12/2012

Finally!

I saw both of these musicals on stage and absolutely adored them. I think they'll lend themselves nicely to the big screen. It's about time!
I saw both of these musicals on stage and absolutely adored them. I think they'll lend themselves nicely to the big screen. It's about time!
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