January 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm #435256
Writer Christopher Hampton recently revealed to the Evening Standard that a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1995 Tony-Winning musical adaptation of the 1950 Academy Award Winning Billy Wilder film is in the works.
He asked about the possibility of Glenn Close reprising her Tony-Winning role as Norma Desmond and his response was: “It is not my decision but as far as I’m concerned that is what I’m thinking. We’ve just had a series of talks with Paramount so everything is in place and hopefully we can get it done while Glenn is in London.”
Throughout her career, Glenn Close has won three Tony Awards, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, but no Oscars despite receiving six nominations (though Deborah Kerr was nominated six times as well, and she never won).
Close won her third Tony Award for this role after originating it on Broadway back in 1994. She is already set to reprise it in London at the English National Opera this spring.
The role of Norma Desmond did earn Gloria Swanson her third Oscar nomination for the original film, but didn’t win. So if Glenn Close does reprise her role in the film, could she finally win her long-awaited Academy Award? Or could she just wait for the Academy to give her an honorary award like what they did with Deborah Kerr, Peter O’Toole, etc.?January 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm #435258
I haven’t posted in ages, but this has brought me out of my cave.
(btw, you should move this to the movies section, it will get more attention there)January 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm #435259
And the Oscar goes to, Glenn Close….
“This is Glenn Close’s 7th Oscar nomination and her first win. She was first nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The World According to Garp”January 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm #435260
Wow I love Sunset Boulevard, had no idea it was ever a musical.
Super excited!January 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm #435261
This is exciting news!January 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm #435262
I’d love to see Glenn Close winning Oscar ASAP, even though it’ll be more refreshing if this role is played by an actress who never did this role. Glenn Close can definitely sing, but I always feel these musical numbers are too big for her.January 5, 2016 at 12:58 am #435263
Yes, please! 😀January 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm #435264
I live for Glenn Close and this is all I want in life. Most of her Oscar nominations came from films that werent best picture players and so she had little chance of winning (Of course, Id have given it to her for best pic nominee Fatal Attraction by a landslide. Sorry Cher). But if Sunset Boulevard is done well its the type that could get across the board support (acting, production design, costumes, sound mixixng). Then she can be in a best picture player and finally take home an oscar.
“So watch me fly, we all know I can do it”January 22, 2016 at 11:09 am #435265
Jennifer Lawrence will be cast, obviously.August 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm #1202188023
It’s apparently still happening…
http://www.thewrap.com/glenn-close-star-sunset-boulevard-movie-musical-paramount-exclusive/August 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm #1202188124
I’ve never seen the stage version of Sunset Boulevard, so forgive me if this question seems asinine, but is it really necessary to adapt the stage musical into a film musical? Isn’t the original non-musical version of Sunset Boulevard iconic enough?August 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm #1202188221
Several stage musical adaptations of movies have been adapted into feature films before. Some are quite popular such as Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray. Others weren’t as particular well-received such as A Little Night Music, The Producers, and Nine.
Though some of the classic stage-to-screen adaptations of Broadway musicals were still somewhat based on films in the first place (The King & I, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Oliver!).August 18, 2017 at 6:56 am #1202188529
I suspect it will indeed be tough to successfully translate this from stage to screen. Frankly, Sunset Boulevard isn’t that splendid a musical – sans two songs (which are killers), the music is pretty ho-hum and the thing is supremely dull when Norma isn’t present. That said, for Close’s incredible performance alone, this must happen.
OSCAR FLASHBACK: Nicholson at the Oscars (1973) – The Last DetailAugust 18, 2017 at 7:21 am #1202188536
I don’t know about the financial viability of this. Is Glenn Close a box office draw? She hasn’t starred in a hit movie since 102 Dalmatians. (Yes, she was in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was not a hit because of her.) And she would have to give a very different performance for a screen version than she does on stage. The stage performance would come across as a dairy’s worth of cheese on screen. Of course, Close has proven her brilliance on both stage and screen but I fear to give an appropriate screen performance would disappoint the core audience and there’s not enough general interest to make a hit. Phantom is by far ALW’s best-known and most popular title and even its film version had only very modest success.
This is all aside from the previously-mentioned difficulties of translating some pretty rocky material (which depends on theatricality to gloss over its rough spots) and the readily-available original classic.