June 4, 2020 at 10:07 am #1203516174
With several classic movie musicals such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Little Shop of Horrors getting the reboot treatment lately despite a number of people questioning whether or not they even feel necessary, I thought I’d start a thread asking people about the movie musicals that actually deserve to be rebooted. The criteria should be stage musicals that were previously adapted for the big screen in the 20th century, but aren’t as well regarded as some of the all-timers like West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Cabaret. So therefore, those who were not fans of 21st century movie musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and/or Les Misérables can not say either one of those as it feels too soon for any of them to be rebooted. Plus, I’d like to keep the focus on those that were made a really long time ago. Though I think we should exclude those that have already had more successful small screen iterations like Annie, Gypsy, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Wiz. In any case, here are some of my ideas…
While I do think the 1956 film adaptation directed by Henry King is pretty underrated, it still has never been the most well regarded Rodgers & Hammerstein movie musical. I can definitely see a reboot of this being excusable.
Guys & Dolls
While I do think the 1955 film adaptation directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz is pretty underrated, it has never been considered to be one of the all time great movie musicals. Not to mention that it does seem to get punished a bit for the whole argument of “Really? You’re casting these great actors who aren’t really professional singers like Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons?”. Which is similar to the complaints people had with more recent movie musicals like Mamma Mia!, La La Land, and the live action remake of Beauty & the Beast. There have been talks of a reboot of Guys & Dolls on and off for years, but we’ll see if that ever happens. If it does, I can definitely see that being excusable.
A Little Night Music
I have not seen the 1977 film adaptation directed by Hal Prince, but I’ve heard it’s pretty awful. Talk about a musical that really needs a big screen reboot.
I have not seen the 1974 film adaptation directed by Gene Saks, but I’ve heard it’s pretty terrible. In fact, following the success of the 1993 TV version of Gypsy with Bette Midler, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had actually planned to do a TV movie adaptation of Mame, but nothing ever came to fruition.
Man of La Mancha
I actually have seen the 1972 film adaptation directed by Arthur Hiller, and it was quite a chore to sit through. I’m still interested in seeing a stage production of this musical, but it would also be nice to have a film adaptation that’s much better than the one we already have.
So which 20th century movie musical would you most like to see get rebooted?June 4, 2020 at 12:18 pm #1203516320
This may seem a bit off topic but I’ve always wanted to see Stage Door (1937) turned into a musical.June 4, 2020 at 3:32 pm #1203516525This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.June 4, 2020 at 3:48 pm #1203516547
Quest for Camelot
Prince of Egypt
Moulin Rouge!June 5, 2020 at 5:07 am #1203517210
Quest for Camelot
Prince of Egypt
I’ve already stated that movie musicals from the 21st century (like Rent and Moulin Rouge!) are ineligible for this discussion. Though now that Disney owns Fox, I kind of would like to see a live action Anastasia that is based more on the Broadway stage adaptation as opposed to the 1997 animated film. If done well, I think that would be really cool.June 5, 2020 at 7:20 am #1203517349
Guys & Dolls – Jospeph Gordon Levitt would be amazing for this. My sole reason lol.
A Little Night Music – Catherine Zeta Jones needs that Second Oscar nom 🙂
Thoroughly Modern Millie: Original movie version is only memorable becuase of Carol and that’s sad to me even though she was amazing in it) someone page Baz Lurhman!
Hello, Dolly! : Bette Midler that is all.
Sweet Charity: This is desperately needed since the original isn’t great at all.
On the Town: Just becuase the songs are that catchyJune 5, 2020 at 8:12 am #1203517420
Porgy and Bess, starring Joshua Henry and Adrienne Warren in the titular roles.
FYC 2021 Oscars: Jennifer Hudson (Respect), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
FYC 2021 Grammys: Ledisi (Trad. R&B Perf. - "Anything For You")
Who am I? You'll find out soon. Ciao, for now!June 5, 2020 at 8:53 am #1203517511
Hello Dolly and Mame would be my choices. They were notoriously botched because of baaaaaad “star” casting but are incredibly solid works that should translate well.June 5, 2020 at 8:55 am #1203517517
Also A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. I’ve been dying for a Nathan Lane version. I don’t like the original because Richard Lester chose to direct it like a Beatles movie and it looks terrible.June 5, 2020 at 1:43 pm #1203517962This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.June 6, 2020 at 6:17 pm #1203519803
Somebody said Prince of Egypt and I love it. I really wish if they do, they flesh out the brotherhood more since I don’t buy that these two went from brothers to enemies that quick because God.
Anyway my answer is Rocky Horror. Lol.
I just love movies. And awards.June 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm #1203519841
A Carousel remake is never going to happen simply because of the domestic violence storyline. The songs are still great songs that can be sung out of context, but the actual story its simply a product of its time that can’t be used anymore.June 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm #1203519844
One movie musical that DOES deserve a remake is Brigadoon. I was in the chorus of my school’s production back in 9th grade, and given its Scottish setting, yes, I had to wear a kilt. I ended up watching the film after our production was over, and I remember feeling underwhelmed. Gene Kelly’s choreography is fantastic, but nothing else really stood out for me. Plus, I don’t recall the Scottish characters actually speaking in Scottish accents. I know back in those days cultural accuracy wasn’t Hollywood’s goal, but that’s part of the main reason why the movie did not age well. In my high school production, we had dialect coaches to help the actors playing the Scottish characters to have as authentic of a Scottish accent as possible. If a remake is ever produced, they either need to hire actual Scottish actors for the Scottish roles, or get a good dialect coach if they cast non-Scots.
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