January 2, 2020 at 4:02 pm #1203257090
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce a film adaptation of the 2015 Tony-winning musical, Fun Home, which he’ll also plan to star in the role of Bruce Bechdel. The show itself is an adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. It tells the true story of Bechdel discovering her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. The Broadway production’s award-winning director, Sam Gold, is set to repeat his directorial duties.
January 2, 2020 at 4:13 pm #1203257099
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Hope they do this right and cast Beth Malone.January 2, 2020 at 6:44 pm #1203257261
I’d be very interested to see this.January 2, 2020 at 7:05 pm #1203257288
Wish Michael Cerveris was reprising his Tony winning role, but I’m sure Gyllenhaal will do the part justice. If this is done well, it may be a serious Oscar player. The original production won Best Musical, Score, Book, Direction, and Actor, while also being nominated in Actress and getting three Supporting Actresses in.January 2, 2020 at 7:48 pm #1203257345
I believe it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.January 4, 2020 at 3:43 pm #1203260266
Here are some ideas I have for who they should cast as Helen Bechdel: Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams.January 4, 2020 at 4:24 pm #1203260309
The show, with its script and subject matter, has the potential to be a major Oscar player. It’s a beautifully told story on stage. It’ll all come down to direction – can the director successfully translate the musical to the screen?January 4, 2020 at 4:39 pm #1203260346
So far, the overall track record for stage directors repeating their directorial duties on film adaptations of their musicals hasn’t been great. While there has been some exceptions to the rule such as…
George Abbott (with Stanley Donen)-The Pajama Game & Damn Yankees
Joshua Logan-South Pacific
Jerome Robbins (with Robert Wise)-West Side Story
Morton DaCosta-The Music Man
Jim Sharman-The Rocky Horror Picture Show
There’s also been…
Hal Prince-A Little Night Music
Susan Stroman-The Producers
Phyllida Lloyd-Mamma Mia!
Though there is an interesting case for the film adaptation of 1776 (which was directed by Peter Hunt, who won a Tony for directing the original Broadway production) where while it hasn’t really been seen as an all-time classic, it still has such a devoted cult following.
We’ll see which fate Sam Gold will end up falling into.January 4, 2020 at 6:40 pm #1203260428
While I’m excited for whatever happens with this, the material is definitely gonna be difficult to translate to film. The best parts of the musical are Alison talking back in time to her father or reacting to things her younger self did (“Changing My Major” and “Telephone Wire” come to mind). Also, the part where her house disappears as she’s trying to remember a painful memory is especially moving.
Sam Gold as a director, I don’t know. Sometimes, he produces things like Fun Home or A Doll’s House, Part 2. But sometimes, it’s King Lear.
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