June 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm #102418
After the success of Chicago, Miramax bought the film rights to Pippin. After the recent success of the Pippin revival on Broadway, the Weinstein Company is moving forward with the adaptation. James Ponsoldt is attached to write the script. Harvey Weinstein is reportedly eager to bring the project off the ground.June 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm #102420
For a second there I thought it was Pippin from Lord of the Rings…June 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm #102422
NOTE: Because the go-to musical director Rob Marshall will likely be busy with Into the Woods, he probably will not be directing this. I’d love to see another director like him – major Broadway musical director who turns to film – be tapped for this. I’d love if Diane Paulus, who helmed the phenomenal Broadway revival, got the job here, though I am unaware if she is capable of directing film. Due to his background in music videos, David Fincher is entirely possible as well.June 2, 2013 at 3:57 am #102423
Joss Whedon wants to do a musical but will probably be busyJune 2, 2013 at 5:11 am #102424
Great news! Very interested in seeing how they cast the Leading Player.June 2, 2013 at 6:44 am #102425
Considering that Weinstein is producing the film Dame Judi Dench already got the part, but Angela Lansbury would’ve been great as Berthe.June 2, 2013 at 9:03 am #102426
OMG, I’m so happy for this adaptation.June 2, 2013 at 10:42 am #102427
I would suggest Sam Mendes to direct, but he’s tied up with the Bond franchise.June 2, 2013 at 11:07 am #102428
I don’t really think Lansbury translates well to the big screen (I think her performances on the stage are noticeably better than her performances on film) but Berthe would be a perfect role for her. Dench would also be a terrific choice, but I’ve never heard her sing before. I also think that Elaine Stritch (whose singing voice sounds exactly like the original Irene Ryan’s on the original Broadway recording) would do great things with the role, as would Sissy Spacey, though she’s a bit young for the role.
Like I said, I’d love to see Diane Paulus (the greatest working director of Broadway imo) be the next person to transition from stage directing to film directing, a la Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Stephen Daldry, Julie Taymor, etc.June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am #102429
With the exception of Mendes most of those people are pretty meh as filmmakers (Mendes is the only one to put out more than one good film).June 3, 2013 at 10:32 am #102430
they gotta get the one nominated for a tony now. I forgot her name but she is the leading player.June 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #102431
I don’t really think Lansbury translates well to the big screen (I think her performances on the stage are noticeably better than her performances on film) but Berthe would be a perfect role for her.
To each his own, of course, but since
Angela Lansbury began her career in films and received 3 Oscar nominations
(2 out 3 for her first two movies) during her 70+ years career, that included 50 films and countless TV movies, this is rather odd statement.