November 29, 2018 at 3:18 pm #1202685561
The Tony-Winning Broadway hit, Dear Evan Hansen, is on its way to the big screen. No start date has been set yet, but filmmaker Stephen Chbosky is currently in talks to direct. Creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul will serve as executive producers with Levenson adapting his script.
Since Marc Platt will be producing, I wonder if there’s a chance for his son to star in it.November 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm #1202685685
Fantastic news!November 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm #1202685711
Fun fact: I follow Stephen Chbosky on Twitter. Back in May, he saw the Broadway production and tweeted “What a truly remarkable show. It’s one for the ages. Congratulations to everyone involved. Wow.” I even replied to him saying “If Dear Evan Hansen ever gets made into a movie, you’d probably be a great choice to direct.”
https://twitter.com/StephenChbosky/status/992599552510357504November 30, 2018 at 5:18 am #1202685848
Stephen Chbosky is a great choice. His work with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the novel and the film both, are proof that he is plenty capable of handling a delicate story like this. I’m surprised it’s happening as fast as it is, but excited nonetheless. Love the soundtrack, but haven’t seen the show.November 30, 2018 at 5:47 am #1202685858
Oscar nominee maybe Oscar winner Ben Platt has a nice ring to itNovember 30, 2018 at 6:01 am #1202685868
I’m surprised as well given that the show is getting ready to celebrate its 2-year anniversary on Broadway. Then again, no timeline has even been set yet for when production on the film would be taking place. We’ve especially seen in the past how so many films get announced, yet as they into development, it’s all up to the studio to decide whether or not the project will officially be moving forward.
Though if a Dear Evan Hansen movie does happen within the next few years, let’s hope its success lines up more with Hairspray where that musical came to the big screen almost 5 years after its Broadway debut. Other movie musicals in recent years such as The Producers and Rock of Ages probably suffered in part from happening way too soon after their stage counterparts premiered on Broadway.November 30, 2018 at 6:47 am #1202685889
Oscar nominee maybe Oscar winner Ben Platt has a nice ring to it.
As incredible as it would be for Ben Platt to not only complete his EGOT, but to have also pulled it off with the exact same property, he’d still have to overcome the whole ‘slap the stud’ syndrome when it comes to the Oscars. As we’ve seen in the past, older Academy members don’t usually like to award 20-something year old actors. Though they don’t seem to have a problem with awarding 20-something year old actresses.November 30, 2018 at 6:53 am #1202685891
He was just so undeniable in the stage version, that I honestly don’t know WHO would be able to beat the performance he would have the potential of delivering on film.November 30, 2018 at 7:11 am #1202685897
Ah yes, I forgot he won an Emmy for the cast performance on one of the morning shows. Wow, that would be an impressive feat. Regardless, his career is still young and he has potential to be an Oscar winner one day if he plays his cards right.November 30, 2018 at 8:00 am #1202685927
If they are doing it now, they need to do it NOW before it becomes absolutely ridiculous for Ben Platt to be playing a highschooler. Yet I, also, simply cannot imagine anyone else being cast. I saw the show with him in it twice.November 30, 2018 at 9:37 am #1202685993
I’m also surprised that it’s happening sort of soon, but then back in the “old days”, film adaptations of Broadway musicals were released just a few years after opening night.November 30, 2018 at 9:49 am #1202686004
Can Ben Platt come back?November 30, 2018 at 10:14 am #1202686019
Whenever this film comes out, it will likely be a contender for, at least:
Best Director (Stephen Chbosky)
Best Actor (whoever plays Evan)
Best Supporting Actor (whoever plays Connor)
Best Supporting Actress (whoever plays Heidi)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production DesignNovember 30, 2018 at 10:31 am #1202686032
Dear Evan Hansen would only be eligible for Best Adapted Score if that category was still in existence, not Best Original Score. Best Original Song would also have to depend on if Pasek & Paul end up writing any new material specifically for the film.
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